Last week, I moderated Supporting Gender Diverse Workers: Transitioning in the Workplace, a panel discussion on gender diversity. On the panel, three gender-diverse individuals answered questions and shared experiences about transitioning in the workplace. As I prepared for, and participated in, the discussion, I realized how even I – an LGBTQ2+ ally, ‘woke’ and progressive HR professional – have not prepared my workplace to support an employee in the process of transitioning.
It is never easy to hear that something you said or did caused someone else harm. So much personal growth and healing can happen when we recognize our mistakes, even though it’s uncomfortable AF! Not to mention, we have an opportunity to, like, stop hurting other people...
Here are some steps for the next time you are called upon to do better.
Our goal at FACE BC is to create a feminist network of support, where we can learn from one another and share our triumphs as well as our challenges.
Starting in 2019, we will feature monthly #FACEYourCareer interviews with those who are advancing gender equality, creating meaningful change and advocating for access to justice in their daily work.
We learned about perseverance. We struggled through pain to create our own justice as survivors of assault and harassment. We took to the streets. We created dialogue and forced the world to listen. And hey, we started FACE BC!