The 31st March is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a welcome opportunity to celebrate trans, non-binary and gender non-confirming people, particularly those who are or have been involved in our projects.
Visibility is important for the young LGBT+ community to feel representated and included in cultural spaces and beyond. That's why we've put together some useful guidance and resources on how you can embed gender inclusivity in your workplace.
Embedding Gender Inclusivity
At Youth Music we encourage embedding gender inclusivity in your work. This could be as simple as including pronouns in your email signature or Zoom name if you feel comfortable disclaiming them, as well as mentioning what ones you use when you meet in person. Normalising this sort of conversation and not automatically assuming people's gender is respectful and an amazing way of creating safe spaces. This is all the more important for anyone working with young people, as those born after 1996 are more likely than any other generation to have fluidity in gender identity. It is worth noting that those working with young trans* people need to be sensitive in knowing what name and pronouns to use for them in an emergency. It could be that the young person comes to youth groups to feel more comfortable and are 'out' but may not be in their daily home life.
The Proud Trust, for LGBT+ youth have lots of resources:
- Trans specific information page.
- Trans youth busting myths video.
- Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit.
- Coming Out targeted at young people questioning their sexuality and gender as well as their friends.
- Support for young LGBT+ people during COVID.
- LGBT+ Calendar 2021, featuring some awareness and celebration days.
- Trans Inclusive Residentials.
- Ark-T - Key learning from 2017 Intersectional Project working with LGBT+ and Disabled young people.
- Working remotely with LGBT+ teens during Covid.
- Why 'Womxn' Isn't Exactly the Inclusive Term You Think It Is.
- Gender diversity & identity in Queertopia - VPRO documentary.
- How Can The LGBT+ Community Maintain A Good Level Of Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown?
- Amnesty International - Gender identity for beginners: a guide to being a great trans ally