August 20, 2018

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about LGBTQ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by e-mailing info@straightforequality.org.

They, them, theirs? The push for going gender-neutral in the workplace

Source: CNN Money

Author:  Julia Carpenter

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Has your group ever discussed ways to create space that is welcoming and inclusive for people who identify as non-binary*? If so, what ideas did you discuss? If not, why do you think that is the case?
  2. The article calls out a number of ways that workplaces can support non-binary employees, like avoiding gendered language and providing gender-neutral bathrooms on every floor. In your experience, what structural challenges still exist for companies and organizations that are dedicated to supporting non-binary people?
  3. Max Masure, who was interviewed for this article, differentiates calling out and calling in. Do you find this to be a useful distinction? If you saw or heard someone being misgendered, are you more likely to call out or call in?

*Unfamiliar with the term non-binary? Check out the PFLAG National Glossary of Terms for a basic definition or commit to a quick Google search to learn more!

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