Preventing Gender Fender Benders, 8/6/17

Start:Sunday, August 06, 2017 2:00 PM

End: Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:00 PM

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You don’t want to be rude and you want a little help!

Transgender and gender non­conforming people are among our colleagues, our social circles, and the audiences we work with. Creating an inclusive environment takes expertise and effort, and Practice Makes Progress is here to help.

You have good intentions. Here’s a space where you can ask questions that might feel awkward and learn how to make good on your intentions, so that the ways you treat others gives them the dignity and respect that you intend. This is way more than learning some new vocabulary -- we’ll give you the context you need to navigate what might feel like a big change in what gender means.

You’ll learn a lot in just 3 hours! Here’s a partial list of the concrete skills you’ll come away with:

  • How to show respect and comfort with people whose experience of gender differs from your own
  • How to ask someone what their pronouns are
  • How to apologize and recover from making a mistake such as misgendering
  • How to identify and challenge cissexism in your workplace and other parts of your life
  • How to continue learning about the complexities of gender without unfairly asking trans people for emotional labor

Preventing Gender Fender Benders is a $200 value. We offer tickets on a sliding scale in order to compensate our team for their expertise and effort and at the same time make this learning accessible to as many people as possible. Click here to download a letter to your employer requesting their financial support of your professional development!

We especially welcome service industry managers and staff at this special session cosponsored by Collective Action for Safe Spaces! Email us at if you need a group discount in order to participate.

Our host is near public transit and has non-gendered bathrooms but unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible; the space is only accessible by one flight of stairs. Please contact us if you need sign language interpretation or any other accessibility accommodations.

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