Gender pronoun preference
Using someone’s gender pronoun is an easy way to show your support for everyone’s right to live safely and well in their gender identity. The No Big Deal Campaign offers tools for people to show their support for transgender and/or nonbinary people and their pronouns in everyday life. I’ll use your pronoun, no big deal!
Counteract gender stereotypes at work
In the following podcast, There’s More to Gender than Man and Woman, Lily Zheng talks about what she’s learned from studying the workplace experiences of people who identify as trans, nonbinary, genderfluid, butch, or gender-diverse in some other way. As described in the overview of the podcast,
“ Research shows that people who don’t conform to the gender binary are often mistreated by their colleagues, their managers, or HR. Some get fired, demoted, or shut out of the labour market altogether. If fewer people thought gender was restricted to “man” and “woman,” there’d be less discrimination, and we could all express ourselves however we want to”
Lily points out how the gender binary can restrict cis people. Then she gives advice to managers and peers on how to be respectful and supportive of gender-diverse colleagues.
How to be an ally to Trans People
A video by trans activist Chase Ross. Watch/listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p975BovdUI
A few items from the video:
- Don’t out a trans person
- Transgender is an adjective (don’t use it as a noun!)
- Don’t talk over trans people. Listen.
- Don’t ask questions without thinking about them first. Ask yourself, why am I asking this question?
- ..watch and learn the rest!
More from Chase Ross: Chase Ross – TRANS ACTIVIST | SPEAKER | EDUCATOR | CONSULTANT | ACADEMIC | YOUTUBER
A guide to being an ally to trans people can be found on the TrasWhat? Website. There you can find a number of different actions that you can engage in that will help you treat trans people respectfully.
Tips to intervening on a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic attack
It is important to call out homophobia, biphobia or transphobia when one witnesses it. Send the Right Message, a campaign of the LGBTQ Youth Initiative, has shared some useful tips on how to do so in a safe manner!
In situations where there are high levels of risk, be aware of these risks before you choose what you’re going to do. In situations with less immediate threats, such as someone saying a hurtful joke, you many consider explaining why the joke is hurtful and/or leaves people out. Remember you can be soft on the person but hard on the issue!
Some ways to intervene are :
- Relate with your allyship journey . You can say “I used to think that way too, but I learned...”
- Relate to the experience but not the tactic. For example, if a guy adds “no homo” to something he says, you could respond: “It sucks when people treat you like something you’re not” (validate feelings), “but ‘no homo’ is not a cool thing to say, cuz there’s nothing wrong with being gay” (challenge tactic).
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