Practical strategies for building gender policies that are both trans-inclusive and institutionally smart.
In 2017, I published a book called Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? in which I argued that most instances of sex classification are unnecessary and we would all be better off if institutions minimized this practice. Analyzing the case studies of identity documents like passports and birth certificates, sex-segregated restrooms, single-sex education, and sports, I drew from legal cases, policy debates, and my own experiences as a biracial African-American and white transgender man (who grew up in Canada and is now living in the United States). Ultimately, I argued that it is necessary for our society to challenge the assumption that gender matters.
The book grew out of my consulting and activist work designing tailor-made trans-inclusive policies for nonprofits, corporations, universities, and professional associations. While I have enjoyed that on-site work, many individuals and organizations who cannot bring me to their organization have asked me how they can implement the ideas presented in Beyond Trans to change their policies and workplaces to ensure access and opportunity for all. This guide, Building Gender-Inclusive Organizations: The Workbook, is my answer.
In this workbook, I offer practical strategies to help organizations of all kinds and sizes design and implement gender policies that are both trans-inclusive and institutionally smart.
The details: 13-page pdf workbook with hands-on exercises including how to identify the sex-classification policies in your everyday life, how to conduct a gender audit of your organization’s policies and practices to see where and how you are using gender in the workplace, a gender-inclusive design challenge, and scripts to convince your colleagues to implement gender-inclusivity.