straight for equality
straight for equality: trans allies learning sessions

Our mission at Straight for Equality is to invite, educate, and engage allies in dialogue about LGBTQ+ equality and to encourage allies to take action to demonstrate their support for their LGBTQ+ friends and family. One way we accomplish that mission is through learning sessions that are researched, developed, and conducted by members of the PFLAG National staff.

Be a part the discussion about transgender inclusion, the role that trans allies can play and how to create engagement to build inclusion through our Straight for Equality educational programs. Let us know if you’d like more information on hosting a Straight for Equality educational program at your organization, whether in person or via online learning.

Straight for Equality in the Workplace: Becoming a Trans Ally: While the acronym “LGBTQ+” is frequently used to reflect a diverse community, the issues faced by each group in the acronym are very different. People who are transgender report higher rates of discrimination at work than gay and lesbian individuals, and the level of understanding of transgender issues is often low. This learning session applies the unique Straight for Equality approach to focus on the important educational building blocks necessary to create allies to the trans community. Participants will understand key terminology including what transgender means and why it is part of “LGBTQ+.” They’ll learn more about the role that gender stereotypes play in bias against transpeople, and find out about research that demonstrates the widespread harms of this bias. Most importantly, participants will learn how to be trans allies through basic transgender etiquette and practices.

Beyond the Binary: Understanding and Supporting People with Gender-Expansive Identities: Visibility for people who are transgender-identified has grown significantly, and yet much of the understanding in this area is focused on binary identities—what does it mean to be male or female? However, the reality is that many people embrace gender identities that are neither, both, or fluid. For inclusion advocates in the workplace, the emergence of people with nonbinary identities provides an opportunity to learn more about gender and the ways in which it is understood by others; focus on the importance of language in conversations about gender identity; explore what nonbinary identities mean; and learn the ways to create more inclusive spaces in both our workplaces as well as our LGBTQ+ employee resource groups.

Straight for Equality in the Workplace Educational Programs: Check out our workplace educational programs to learn how the Straight for Equality team can help with your LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts in your organization. Email [email protected] to learn more about how sessions outlined in the 2021 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Learning Session Catalog can be customized meet your needs.