August 19, 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.

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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 nonbinary*? 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 nonbinary 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 nonbinary 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 nonbinary? Check out the PFLAG National Glossary of Terms for a basic definition or commit to a quick Google search to learn more!