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He, She, They: Pronouns and LGBTQ+ Rights
He, She, They: Pronouns and LGBTQ+ Rights

He, She, They: Pronouns and LGBTQ+ Rights

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Apr 16, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT


About the event

Why is this important: The use of pronouns on campus, in schools, and at the workplace has been an increasingly intense discussion point for many in leadership, education, and human resources. Our team takes a no forced agreement and no demanded acceptance approach to this topic and instead provides clear examples and a thought provoking discussion on this topic while defining the difference between important concepts such as gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Program overview: This program will draw from the book, How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education, to better prepare teachers, faculty, administrators, and human resources to engage in these difficult conversations more effectively. The presenters will offer a framework of understanding related to gender identity and expression and offer a review of why pronoun use in schools, higher education, and the workplace has become an increasingly important area of discussion as it has come into conflict with many conservative political and religious ideologies. The presenters will clarify the nature of the problem, outline key debate points, and define terms needed to understand the issue contextually. A discussion of how strict enforcement of gender norms impacts the LGBTQ+ community through internalized heterosexualism and has contributed to a rise in violence against those in the LGBTQ + community, and in particularly those who identify as transgender. The presenters will discuss the secondary issue of how sexuality is discussed in schools and concerns around drag shows and drag story hours. Recent news stories will be included to further the conversation.

Group exercises, case examples and sample discussion questions will be provided to further the conversation. Handouts on a variety of topics will be offered, including the website, to help further deepen participant’s understanding of the debate. Take our survey before the program to familiarize yourself with the topic. Some sample questions and terminology are outlined below.

BASIC: Describe the basic language of the LGBTQ+ community and share one insight that you have gained from our discussion. Why is having an understanding of the basic language an important starting place prior to deeper discussions on the topic?

FUTURE APPLICATION: How do influences outside of ourselves, like family, religion, or politics, make discussions related to the LGBTQ+ community emotionally charged? What can we do to fortify our own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs?


  • Sexual orientationis the type of sexual, romantic, emotional/spiritual attraction one has the capacity to feel for some others, generally labeled based on the gender relationship between the person and the people they are attracted to.
  • Gender identity is the internal perception of one’s gender, and how they label themselves, based on how much they align or don’t align with what they understand their options for gender to be. Gender identity is often conflated with sex, biological sex, or sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender expressionis the external display of one’s gender, through a combination of clothing, grooming, demeanor, social behavior, and other factors, generally made sense of on scales of masculinity and femininity and may also be referred to as “gender presentation.”

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic terminology and have a general understanding of gender identity and the importance of gender expression through the lens of cultural intelligence.
  • Review common myths and truths about pronoun usage and gender expression and will improve their awareness and proficiency with these concepts.
  • Explore why using the appropriate pronoun is important, both as an ally or for their own gender expression.
  • Understand the concept of microaggressions as it applies to gender expression.

Program includes:

  • Online access to the live 90-minute program.
  • A recorded version* of the program on along with test questions and a compliance report for the administrator of a department, college, or university.
  • Three interactive sample exercises to encourage discussion in school, college, and workplace settings.
  • A detailed handout outlining key terms and phrases related to these debates including queer, deadnaming, ‘preferred’ pronouns, gender fluidity and non-binary.
  • A checklist of common mistakes made in the workplace when engaging with others on these issues including forced compliance, confusing gender identity/expression with sexual orientation and myths about dangerousness.
  • Discussion questions for group discussion to continue after the live program.

Please note: Due to the complexity of this issue, we have extended the runtime to 120-minutes.

* Access for one year after the date of the live program. Additional year(s) access available for 20% purchase price.


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