January 23, 2024

TransCanWork: Gender Diversity In the Workplace

Event Highlights: Gender Diversity Training with Trans Can Work

In the pursuit of a more inclusive and equitable society, organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of understanding and embracing diverse gender identities and expressions. Trans Can Work, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, is at the forefront of this movement, offering innovative and inclusive training programs designed to help organizations foster inclusivity across gender identities and expressions. In this blog post, we'll delve into some highlights from Trans Can Work's training in June and explore key concepts related to gender inclusivity.

Understanding TGI: Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex

Before diving into the intricacies of gender inclusivity, it's crucial to understand the term TGI, which stands for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and/or Intersex. Transgender individuals are those whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender non-conforming individuals defy traditional gender norms in their appearance, behavior, and/or identity. Intersex individuals are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not align with binary male or female categories. Importantly, these categories are not mutually exclusive, and individuals may identify with multiple identities within the TGI spectrum.

Distinguishing Between Sexual Identity and Gender Identity/Expression

It's essential to distinguish between sexual identity and gender identity/expression. Sexual identity relates to one's attraction, whether it be sexual, romantic, or emotional, and encompasses a wide spectrum of orientations, including asexual, demisexual, pansexual, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, and more.

On the other hand, gender identity is a vast and diverse spectrum that goes beyond traditional binary categories. It includes identities such as man, woman, agender, gender fluid, enby (non-binary), two-spirit, and androgyne, among others. Gender expression, too, is a spectrum that can encompass androgynous, feminine, and masculine qualities, and can vary greatly from person to person.

Understanding Ciscender and Transgender Identities

A term worth noting is "ciscender," which refers to individuals whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth. Conversely, those whose gender identity does not align with their assigned sex are classified as transgender. It's essential to avoid making assumptions about someone's gender identity and expression based solely on their physical appearance.

The Significance of Pronouns

Respecting individuals' pronouns is a fundamental aspect of gender inclusivity. Pronouns are a way for people to be seen and recognized for who they are. They can range from she/her/hers, ze/hir/hirs, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, to no pronouns/use name, or other variations. The best practice is to inquire about someone's pronouns to ensure everyone feels respected and valued. Making derogatory assumptions about pronouns can be harmful and unfair.

Trans Can Work's Gender Inclusivity Training

Trans Can Work's gender inclusivity training programs are designed to empower individuals and organizations to understand and appreciate the rich tapestry of gender identity and expression. By embracing these differences and fostering a culture of inclusivity and mutual respect, workplaces can benefit from increased employee satisfaction, enhanced innovation, and a more connected relationship with their audiences.

In conclusion, as society progresses towards greater inclusivity and acceptance of diverse gender identities and expressions, organizations have a pivotal role to play in creating environments where everyone can thrive. Trans Can Work's training programs offer valuable insights and tools to embark on this journey towards a more inclusive and equitable future. To delve deeper into the subject and explore comprehensive organization-wide training, we highly recommend engaging directly with the Trans Can Work team.

Visit Trans Can Work or email Jovan Wolf at jovan@transcanwork.org to learn more.

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