They/them pronouns have been around for centuries, are commonly accepted by dictionaries, and most importantly, are a simple way to provide basic human respect to folks who use them.
Praxis sat down with Laura and Joelle of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce to talk about how the work aims to redefine group and organizational culture so that people feel empowered to bring their full selves to the table and offer support to businesses creating a more inclusive environment.
Praxis has worked with several Andersonville businesses: Aligned Modern Health, The Clark at Swedish Covenant, and Women & Children First and will be facilitating the Being A Stronger Ally: Trans/GNC Affirming Business Workshop in early February.
Also available are #HopefulGender cards. If you're tired of being misgendered or are a cis ally who wants to encourage people to not assume gender, these cards are for you.
“Most people have not been questioned about their gender identity. This is such a simple way to show that I care about and respect the people who are in that minority who are questioned about their gender identity. It’s also an acknowledgement of my privilege.”
“I want these cards to have a tangeable evidence that I’m not alone fighting for my pronouns. That I can have help sticking up for myself.”
"I think a fair number of folks are aware that there is a lack of cultural humility, or justice, or allyship, on their team, but not really sure what that means or how to name it," said Harrington-Rosen. "And those are exactly the calls that we want to be getting, because what we hear in those moments are people being willing to be vulnerable and ask for help about something they don't know how to handle, and that vulnerability is key to being able to build the awareness and skill needed to address the issue."
Ask yourself what you can do to be more trans-affirming. Talk to your employer about what your office can do to be more trans-affirming. Add your pronouns to your e-mail signature. Reach out to Praxis Group for a workshop or consultation. This list is infinite, as are genders.