Topic: Reducing health disparities for transgender and gender diverse people
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[00:00:03.900]we hope that everyone is doing well
[00:00:05.860]and working toward recovering from this horrible,
[00:00:09.870]you know which will impact and change our lives forever.
[00:00:12.880]So I want everybody to be safe and stay well.
[00:00:16.160]Welcome to include.
[00:00:18.200]I so great to be back.
[00:00:19.620]Include is Nebraska Community of Learners,
[00:00:23.500]understanding diversity through education and dialogue.
[00:00:28.080]I am ecstatic today.
[00:00:30.370]I, you just don't even know.
[00:00:31.610]I am so excited about the opportunity
[00:00:34.800]to introduce our speakers.
[00:00:37.650]Debra Hope is a clinical psychologist
[00:00:41.030]and an Aaron Douglas Professor
[00:00:43.190]at the University of Nebraska
[00:00:44.650]in the department of psychology.
[00:00:46.890]She is a co-founder of trans collaboration
[00:00:50.430]and community academic partnership
[00:00:52.310]to reduce health disparities for transgender, excuse me
[00:00:57.860]and gender diverse people in our underserved areas.
[00:01:01.000]Her research has focused
[00:01:02.500]on getting the best mental health services
[00:01:05.800]to those who most need them.
[00:01:08.130]Then there's awesome Nathan.
[00:01:10.300]Nathan Woodruff is a co-founder of Trans Collaborations
[00:01:15.360]and the chair of the local community board
[00:01:17.460]and a chair of the local community board.
[00:01:19.880]He has three decades
[00:01:21.640]of experience working on social justice issues
[00:01:26.460]such as promoting equality for all individuals
[00:01:30.120]regardless of their gender, sexual orientation
[00:01:33.970]or racial ethnic identity.
[00:01:36.800]He is a recognized leader
[00:01:40.270]on transgender health, mental health, and wellbeing.
[00:01:45.070]Nathan regularly participates in organizations
[00:01:48.990]and forums to educate the public and TGD communities
[00:01:54.400]on key issues including the transitioning process
[00:01:59.270]developing community support, overcoming stigma
[00:02:02.860]and discrimination and the intersectionality of race,
[00:02:07.070]ethnicity identity with trans gender diversity identities.
[00:02:12.210]Now Nathan, over to you.
[00:02:18.567]And thank you all for joining us today.
[00:02:22.350]Deb and I are both excited to be here and our contributions
[00:02:26.520]to today's discussion will be stories and facts.
[00:02:30.750]So let's get started.
[00:02:33.790]So we're gonna kick this off with a poll question.
[00:02:37.730]And the poll question is
[00:02:41.070]do you personally know someone who identifies
[00:02:44.640]as transgender or gender diverse?
[00:02:48.370]And we emphasize the word personal because we don't,
[00:02:52.120]we don't want to know you gossip about someone
[00:02:55.600]who identifies as,
[00:02:57.930]we wanna know if you personally know someone.
[00:03:00.200]So let's get going
[00:03:02.980]with the poll.
[00:03:18.380]All right, that looks like we got the results back.
[00:03:24.580]we got about 60%, 59% who do personally know someone
[00:03:28.730]and 41% who don't.
[00:03:32.200]So I think we should, we've got a presentation
[00:03:37.180]I think that will speak to both of those audiences.
[00:03:47.370]So today we're gonna be talking about health disparities
[00:03:52.300]and I'd like to start off with a little bit of a discussion
[00:03:55.330]of what that means for those of you who might be unfamiliar.
[00:03:59.210]Transgender and gender diverse folks who will
[00:04:02.700]you may hear us say TGD to shorten that
[00:04:05.890]as a group have higher rates of many health
[00:04:08.700]and mental health problems
[00:04:10.320]including hypertension, depression, suicidality
[00:04:14.010]and substance abuse.
[00:04:15.540]This does not by any means mean
[00:04:18.640]that every TGD person experiences these challenges.
[00:04:23.120]There's increasing data that showed
[00:04:25.730]that many TGD folks lead a really happy productive lives
[00:04:29.757]and that's especially true
[00:04:31.450]if they're able to access the medical care
[00:04:35.030]that they need to affirm their gender identity.
[00:04:38.260]Discussions of health disparities can be very marginalizing
[00:04:43.120]because people kind of get lumped together
[00:04:45.140]as having all these problems.
[00:04:46.500]As Nathan has said to me
[00:04:48.290]as he's read some of our papers,
[00:04:50.420]don't make it look like all trans people are sick,
[00:04:54.170]suicidal and drunk.
[00:04:56.000]And I think that that's a good point.
[00:04:58.050]It can be easy to just sort of fall into that.
[00:05:02.070]Any group with less power in society
[00:05:04.010]is more likely to experience a health condition
[00:05:06.710]compared to another group that has more power.
[00:05:09.080]So for example, mental health disparities
[00:05:11.680]for cisgender women include higher rates of depression
[00:05:14.690]about one in four, compared to men about one in 10.
[00:05:18.700]This does not mean that all women are depressed
[00:05:21.150]or that no men are depressed.
[00:05:24.720]Health disparities are very often related to lack of access
[00:05:27.540]to resources such as healthy food
[00:05:29.590]and safe living environments
[00:05:30.960]as well as experiences of bias, discrimination and violence.
[00:05:39.930]So people often ask us how can I help reduce health
[00:05:43.580]disparities for TGD people?
[00:05:45.780]And what we're gonna talk about today
[00:05:47.500]is some steps that you can take
[00:05:49.860]to decrease the experiences of marginalization
[00:05:53.000]and to help TGD people be included in large and small ways.
[00:06:00.350]And Nathan, turn it back to you.
[00:06:05.190]I also want to also in the beginning of this discussion
[00:06:09.030]emphasize the fact that
[00:06:12.400]every TGD person or person who identifies as TGD
[00:06:20.630]we have our own stories.
[00:06:22.570]We have our own journeys and sometimes they're very personal
[00:06:27.360]but always they're our own.
[00:06:29.690]So we're not a monolith and you'll probably hear me say this
[00:06:33.900]throughout the presentation.
[00:06:35.980]I am not a professional trans person
[00:06:40.030]and I don't play one on TV.
[00:06:42.380]However, I am an individual
[00:06:46.870]I always sometimes describe myself as an individual
[00:06:50.240]with a transgendered background.
[00:06:53.980]So just keep that in mind.
[00:06:55.860]What you hear from me is my story, my take and my opinion.
[00:07:06.410]So trans collaborations.
[00:07:10.210]Trans collaboration started as a conversation
[00:07:13.770]at the Metro Lark coffee house between Deb and I.
[00:07:19.490]And I was,
[00:07:24.490]we both had issues or concerns
[00:07:27.000]and Deb was talking about how much she wanted to make sure
[00:07:32.890]that her student clinicians were providing good care
[00:07:39.150]to the people that came in to her clinics
[00:07:42.630]to talk about issues related to being transgender
[00:07:46.360]or gender non-conforming, gender diverse.
[00:07:49.720]So we were talking about that
[00:07:52.760]and my concern was
[00:07:56.080]and I've started telling her stories of how
[00:07:58.560]when I first transitioned, I would have to provide books
[00:08:05.850]and literature to my doctors or my healthcare providers
[00:08:12.520]whether it was a mental health care provider,
[00:08:15.110]or physical health care provider,
[00:08:18.510]I would have to provide the resources
[00:08:21.680]for them to be able to provide me with care.
[00:08:25.500]And that was really concerning to me
[00:08:31.980]because we should be at a place at that time
[00:08:37.690]this was about five years ago.
[00:08:39.870]We need to get to be at a place where providers
[00:08:45.730]it's just not enough for providers to be nice to us.
[00:08:49.270]Like those days, that train had left the station
[00:08:52.380]and that what we needed was for providers to be educated
[00:08:57.740]and seek that education to provide the care for us.
[00:09:02.566]So we and Richard, who's another founder,
[00:09:08.500]the three of us founded Trans Collaborations.
[00:09:11.870]And I could go, I could spend a whole session
[00:09:14.210]talking about the work we've done in Trans Collaboration.
[00:09:18.030]But what it is is as the logo says
[00:09:21.600]it's accountable research and resources.
[00:09:24.810]The other thing that I found disturbing
[00:09:27.160]which is inspired my work with Trans Collaborations
[00:09:32.120]was that I was getting emails probably once a week
[00:09:36.980]from some researchers somewhere who I had never heard of
[00:09:42.550]but had gotten my name from somebody
[00:09:45.030]who wanted me to participate in their research project.
[00:09:49.290]So answer a 40 page questionnaire or survey
[00:09:55.167]and in return I would get a $5 Amazon gift card.
[00:10:00.710]And that was insulting to me.
[00:10:02.930]And it was insulting
[00:10:04.790]that I couldn't be a partner in the research about me.
[00:10:08.807]So that's the foundation of Trans Collaboration.
[00:10:14.840]So, and we can always have a discussion offline
[00:10:18.580]or you could go to our website
[00:10:19.890]and see the work that we're we've done.
[00:10:24.640]So yeah, as Nathan said
[00:10:26.730]this is our community academic partnership
[00:10:30.070]and we'd be happy to chat with anybody at a different time
[00:10:32.830]who's interested in forming those partnerships
[00:10:35.670]'cause we think it's a benefit
[00:10:36.930]both for researchers and for the community.
[00:10:42.140]So I'm gonna turn back, turn it back to Nathan
[00:10:44.480]to talk about the first step that we can take
[00:10:48.400]to help reduce marginalization for TGD folks.
[00:10:53.080]So let's talk about my name.
[00:10:58.000]The part of the process of expressing gender identity
[00:11:02.910]many gender diverse people
[00:11:08.850]select a name that differs from the one
[00:11:11.770]they were assigned at birth.
[00:11:14.260]And that the name that is assigned by birth
[00:11:17.810]is sometimes referred to as a dead name.
[00:11:22.090]And it may be
[00:11:25.281]and they also may legally change their name as well.
[00:11:28.710]But for youth or young people under the age of majority
[00:11:34.920]they have to have their parent's permission
[00:11:37.090]to legally change their name.
[00:11:40.370]It may not be affordable for everyone
[00:11:42.980]to legally change their name.
[00:11:45.760]And it's also a public process because now
[00:11:50.450]to change your name, wasn't like this when i changed my name
[00:11:54.940]but when you change your name, you have to publish it
[00:11:59.670]in a newspaper on say consecutive days in order,
[00:12:04.500]that's all part of the process.
[00:12:06.010]And then you have to go to court and sit in a witness box
[00:12:10.340]and swear that you're not trying to deceive people.
[00:12:14.670]So anyway, in terms of name, it's really important
[00:12:20.300]and respectful we call people by the name they prefer.
[00:12:26.570]Now we do that with nicknames all the time
[00:12:30.220]but for some reasons,
[00:12:33.870]there's some people that get this thing in their head
[00:12:35.910]that they can't do that.
[00:12:38.590]And I would suggest
[00:12:40.690]that it's imperative that you do do that.
[00:12:43.320]And it's imperative that you do that simply out of respect.
[00:12:49.610]go ahead, Deb.
[00:12:51.100]So I think that the issues
[00:12:55.290]about legal name change are really important
[00:12:57.280]and I've seen people kind of get hung up on that.
[00:13:00.050]Like people aren't really trans
[00:13:01.830]if they didn't do the legal name change.
[00:13:04.920]And as Nathan said, there's lots of reasons
[00:13:07.960]that people might not do it
[00:13:10.960]including costs and how public it is and such.
[00:13:13.760]So I think it's is somebody who identifies
[00:13:17.390]as a cisgender person.
[00:13:20.080]It's not for me to say whether
[00:13:21.530]or not somebody is really trans.
[00:13:23.480]It's my job to to use the correct name.
[00:13:28.480]So let's just do another poll question here.
[00:13:31.360]Okay. So this poll question,
[00:13:35.500]is it a good idea for teachers to call names aloud
[00:13:42.190]off the official roster on the first day of class?
[00:14:10.770]So we have 91% of people saying no
[00:14:13.780]and 9% of people saying, yes.
[00:14:15.960]This is a sophisticated group, Nathan.
[00:14:28.110]that this is a great example
[00:14:30.020]of a place where we call out names for people we don't know.
[00:14:34.110]And because we're at the University
[00:14:35.420]we use the example of their first day of class.
[00:14:38.470]So any situation where you have to call people out
[00:14:41.730]like this happens to all of us in a doctor's waiting room,
[00:14:45.380]you know you're sitting there waiting
[00:14:46.540]and then the nurse comes up and calls your name.
[00:14:48.700]All of these public places
[00:14:52.180]it is very important to have a mechanism
[00:14:54.960]by which you can know the name that people want to use
[00:14:58.890]even if it differs from the legal name that you might have
[00:15:01.910]in academic records or medical records
[00:15:04.060]so that people don't have to out themselves
[00:15:06.810]by responding to the name being called.
[00:15:12.620]So for example, in classes,
[00:15:14.580]it sounds like many of you may be familiar with this already
[00:15:18.120]come up with a system that doesn't require
[00:15:20.370]going through the roster.
[00:15:21.550]So what that could mean is you have people
[00:15:23.490]introduce themselves, you record their names,
[00:15:26.200]match it up with the roster later
[00:15:28.230]you could use some sort of sign-in sheet
[00:15:31.300]anything that you avoid forcing people
[00:15:35.540]to really respond to a name that isn't correct.
[00:15:41.200]And sometimes it's a name that's painful.
[00:15:44.990]Sometimes insisting on calling someone by their
[00:15:49.750]so-called legal name
[00:15:51.590]it's a, it can be injurious
[00:15:54.270]and we don't wanna do that.
[00:16:01.863]I'm thinking Nathan about a story that we've heard
[00:16:03.940]in Trans Collaborations about the person who was
[00:16:07.070]applying for credit at one of the big box stores and the
[00:16:10.830]when this came up on their social security number
[00:16:13.690]under an old name somehow
[00:16:15.600]and then the clerk looks at them
[00:16:17.580]and like, "Oh this can't be you
[00:16:19.060]'cause this is the wrong name."
[00:16:20.410]And then they're having to swear actually it is.
[00:16:23.460]And it's, those are very uncomfortable situations.
[00:16:26.840]So I'm being mindful of knowing what people's names is
[00:16:29.720]I think is really crucial.
[00:16:31.510]Yeah. And that has happened to me.
[00:16:35.550]And it can be awkward
[00:16:38.310]to say the least.
[00:16:42.450]All right, let's jump to talking about pronouns.
[00:16:46.170]I think you have a great story for that, Nathan.
[00:16:48.920]So one of the things that people sometimes have
[00:16:56.150]or express that they have a difficult time
[00:16:59.190]with is getting the pronouns right.
[00:17:02.180]And so I wanna tell you a story.
[00:17:05.270]I was, when I was participating in PFLAG
[00:17:09.290]which is parents and friends of lesbians engaged,
[00:17:13.660]we started seeing a shift in participation
[00:17:18.060]to the point where almost most of a good majority
[00:17:22.150]of the people that were coming to PFLAG,
[00:17:26.040]it's a support organization,
[00:17:27.740]we're seeking support around either being transgendered
[00:17:32.540]or gender diverse
[00:17:34.210]or the parents or the siblings of people
[00:17:37.780]who were gender diverse.
[00:17:41.155]And so one of the things that we do
[00:17:44.210]as a rule in PFLAG is, we break out in, we have a program
[00:17:49.200]and then we break out into small groups.
[00:17:51.090]And so we, the groups are pretty stagnant.
[00:17:53.890]There's a group that's called a transgender group.
[00:17:56.960]There's a gay group.
[00:17:58.080]Sometimes there's a lesbian group
[00:17:59.880]and there's always a parent group.
[00:18:02.220]And you could attend any group that you wanted to attend.
[00:18:06.680]It didn't, you didn't have to be
[00:18:10.670]a part of that group or part of the community
[00:18:14.750]but you, anyone could attend any group, any group.
[00:18:17.900]And so anyway, we had a parent that came
[00:18:21.120]who was loving and kind and supportive parent
[00:18:24.980]who was witnessing her daughter becoming her son
[00:18:34.610]and they were transitioning.
[00:18:36.900]And one of the problems that the parent talked about was
[00:18:43.650]And that she really wanted to be supportive
[00:18:46.760]but she was having a hard time with pronouns.
[00:18:51.000]And so instead of lecturing her
[00:18:56.590]about how important it is to get the right pronoun,
[00:19:01.560]we decided to practice with her to get the right pronouns.
[00:19:06.430]And so what we did was we spent the entire session
[00:19:10.620]having a conversation about her son and using pronouns
[00:19:15.410]and having her talk about her son and using pronouns.
[00:19:19.470]And it made a profound difference in her, the parent,
[00:19:26.310]the mom's sense of being a supportive parent
[00:19:33.210]to the point where she eventually
[00:19:34.710]became I think the president of PFLAG,
[00:19:37.303]but that's an example is, you know pronouns,
[00:19:43.170]Oh that can be a touchy, a touchy subject
[00:19:47.730]and we can have a lot of excuses that we call reasons
[00:19:56.010]to get the pronoun incorrectly.
[00:20:01.890]But they are, you know
[00:20:03.430]to a point they become excuses
[00:20:09.333]and they become our problem
[00:20:12.950]not the trans gendered person's problem.
[00:20:15.960]And they can also create problems.
[00:20:19.060]Getting the pronouns wrong can also create problems
[00:20:21.440]in your personal relationships
[00:20:23.070]with transgendered or gender diverse people.
[00:20:29.690]So the, Nathan talks about the practice.
[00:20:32.000]I think that's kind of the key to getting it right
[00:20:34.430]is to really practice it over and over when you're talking
[00:20:37.480]about someone even when they're not there.
[00:20:39.290]Make, not only making sure you're using the correct name
[00:20:42.040]but that you're using the correct pronouns
[00:20:44.150]and the more you practice, the easier it gets.
[00:20:47.430]Another habit that I think that is helpful
[00:20:51.900]is that when you introduce yourself, include your pronouns
[00:20:56.660]and because I think that makes it safer
[00:20:59.865]for people who are TGD to do it.
[00:21:02.920]We're breaking up the assumption
[00:21:04.950]that we know people's pronouns based
[00:21:06.970]on some superficial appearance.
[00:21:08.960]And as I'm saying that I'm looking very embarrassed
[00:21:11.640]that my name is appears on the screen today
[00:21:14.230]that doesn't have my pronouns.
[00:21:15.670]And usually it does.
[00:21:16.980]So that's the kind of place where it's nice
[00:21:20.010]to just put your pronouns out there
[00:21:22.180]and get used to doing that.
[00:21:24.820]The other thing that comes up about this
[00:21:26.460]especially is academics
[00:21:28.320]for those of you part of the academy is oh, they is plural.
[00:21:31.830]We can't use they as a singular
[00:21:33.800]and people get kind of hung up on the grammar.
[00:21:36.690]So I heard a story recently about that where somebody said,
[00:21:40.800]so suppose you're in a meeting
[00:21:42.750]and everybody is left except you and one other person
[00:21:45.630]this is assuming we're an in-person meeting
[00:21:47.870]which we vaguely remember doing years ago now.
[00:21:51.640]And you say, "Oh, look.
[00:21:54.250]Somebody left their very nice water bottle behind.
[00:21:57.690]I hope they come back and get it."
[00:22:00.530]Now we don't think they is more than one person
[00:22:02.880]but we don't know the gender of who left it
[00:22:05.270]and so we use they.
[00:22:07.060]And I think this is a great example
[00:22:08.800]about how we can get hung up on the singular plural thing
[00:22:13.470]without realizing that indeed
[00:22:15.350]we've kind of already crossed this bridge.
[00:22:19.150]Yeah. I have an aunt who's I love her dearly.
[00:22:22.740]She lives in Michigan
[00:22:24.000]but she would come and visit with her, my cousins.
[00:22:30.490]And we would all go out to eat
[00:22:32.250]and my aunt would she me,
[00:22:35.710]just to like constantly like unnecessarily,
[00:22:40.020]she would she me
[00:22:41.230]and she would do it in front of the wait staff.
[00:22:44.820]And they would look at her like she was a crazy person.
[00:22:48.480]And so we finally, my cousin and I Alicia
[00:22:52.960]we finally sat her down
[00:22:55.480]and said if for no other reason that you get this right
[00:22:59.300]you need to be getting it right
[00:23:00.590]because you look like a crazy person.
[00:23:06.930]and believe it or not that was helpful to her
[00:23:08.910]'cause she was a, she is a prideful person,
[00:23:14.470]but it was helpful to just like you're making a fool
[00:23:18.480]of yourself lady.
[00:23:22.500]anyway, so that's my pronouns story.
[00:23:27.550]All right. I think we're ready for a poll question
[00:23:32.470]This is about what happens if you get the pronouns wrong.
[00:23:35.580]So Aaron who uses, he/him knows that Jae
[00:23:44.320]uses they pronouns.
[00:23:45.920]I'm sorry, but the screen just got covered up with the poll.
[00:23:48.630]So lemme shift here.
[00:23:49.830]So Aaron referred to Jae as she when Jay was present
[00:23:53.550]in a small group of people.
[00:23:55.740]Jae uses they/them pronouns.
[00:23:57.980]What's the best thing for Aaron to do?
[00:24:02.030]A, pretend it didn't happen
[00:24:03.650]then apologize to Jae privately later.
[00:24:07.230]Stop and apologize to Jay explaining that
[00:24:10.540]he has trouble with the singular they
[00:24:12.360]but it's working hard to get it right.
[00:24:14.730]C, pretend it didn't happen and just do better next time.
[00:24:18.430]Or D say something like sorry. I mean they
[00:24:21.130]and then move on working hard to use the correct pronouns
[00:24:24.200]in the future.
[00:24:44.003]So I will tell you that this
[00:24:47.750]this could have been me
[00:24:50.270]not very long ago actually.
[00:24:52.080]And it could be me tomorrow
[00:24:55.833]especially with the they/them pronouns.
[00:25:00.330]And I have lots of excuses
[00:25:05.170]I want to get better at this.
[00:25:09.210]So the results are that
[00:25:11.580]pretend it didn't happen and then apologize in private.
[00:25:17.080]That's 4% of you.
[00:25:19.630]Stop and apologize explaining that you have trouble
[00:25:25.660]with the singular that's 29%,
[00:25:30.620]pretend it didn't happen and just do better next time.
[00:25:33.920]No one said that was a good idea.
[00:25:37.210]And say something like sorry.
[00:25:41.810]I mean they and move on working hard
[00:25:44.720]to use the correct pronouns in the future.
[00:25:47.890]I have done all of them.
[00:25:53.319]so I don't know
[00:25:54.610]and I can understand circumstances where
[00:26:00.930]each of these is appropriate
[00:26:08.810]So is somebody who identifies as cisgender
[00:26:13.720]I tend to use the last one to say, I'm sorry.
[00:26:17.210]I mean, they, which is what most of our respondents said
[00:26:20.700]and then work hard to get it right in the future.
[00:26:23.410]Although in the cases I'm embarrassed to say
[00:26:26.880]that I've done it multiple times
[00:26:28.920]that I can't seem to get it.
[00:26:30.480]I then do sometimes pull people aside later
[00:26:33.140]and say I am sorry.
[00:26:35.940]I am working on this.
[00:26:37.630]This is my issue and I'm gonna get it right.
[00:26:40.840]I think that an important part for me
[00:26:42.860]about that conversation is to be very clear
[00:26:45.970]that I'm not looking for them to tell me it's okay
[00:26:48.017]'cause it's not okay.
[00:26:50.100]And I need to get it together
[00:26:52.010]and I need to go back to that practice, practice, practice
[00:26:56.160]and also to let people know that it's okay
[00:26:59.010]for them to call me out if I do it
[00:27:01.200]but they are not responsible for calling me out.
[00:27:03.650]So that we can kind of go forward
[00:27:07.000]and keep our relationship strong.
[00:27:11.170]And so it's really important that you don't make a scene
[00:27:16.040]because when you make a scene
[00:27:17.270]about getting the pronoun wrong
[00:27:19.120]and really you're making it about you
[00:27:21.500]and that can be really offensive
[00:27:24.200]to just for lack of better word, it can be really offensive
[00:27:27.900]but it can also be very stigmatizing
[00:27:31.070]to be with a group of people
[00:27:32.810]and everybody there knows that you got it wrong.
[00:27:37.980]And so, you know, if you walk away from that
[00:27:43.500]and you feel bad, that's a good thing
[00:27:45.690]because that will inspire you to get it right.
[00:27:49.270]But just don't make a scene.
[00:27:56.060]All right. So
[00:27:58.440]I'm sure many of the people who are joining us today
[00:28:01.600]are in situations where you might be creating
[00:28:05.258]some sort of form, either paper or online
[00:28:09.930]where you're gonna want to ask people about their gender.
[00:28:12.650]This might be clients in a setting
[00:28:14.910]where you provide some services or patients
[00:28:17.600]or it might be research participants, might be students
[00:28:20.720]where you gonna ask people about their gender.
[00:28:23.190]And what I would urge you to do
[00:28:26.130]is we've had conversations
[00:28:27.340]and trans collaborations about this
[00:28:29.380]is to think about what you really need to know.
[00:28:32.040]Is this just a proforma thing that you just asking
[00:28:35.500]but is it something you need to know?
[00:28:38.280]And if you're asking about gender, what you're asking about
[00:28:41.650]is how do people perceive themselves?
[00:28:44.070]And people will have a wide range of answers to this.
[00:28:48.480]They might answer man or woman.
[00:28:50.230]They might answer a transgender man, transgender woman
[00:28:53.120]genderqueer or when we've done this in surveys
[00:28:57.300]and we ask a 100 people, we might get 110 responses.
[00:29:02.440]I mean, really people have a wide variety of things.
[00:29:06.020]So what our local board is really advised us
[00:29:08.970]is to just kind of leave a blank
[00:29:10.750]and let people fill in what makes sense to them.
[00:29:14.290]I think that's really respectful of their identities.
[00:29:17.570]But then as a researcher is where I'm often doing this
[00:29:21.410]I need to put people in some groups
[00:29:23.690]to run my statistical analysis and
[00:29:27.790]or at least the way I'm thinking about research these days
[00:29:30.863]So then we do a second question
[00:29:32.510]where we say sometimes we got to put people in groups.
[00:29:35.720]We might list the groups that we think are gonna be there
[00:29:39.300]and say which group do you wanna be in?
[00:29:41.260]Or do you not wanna be in a group?
[00:29:43.090]That allows us to give people the power to choose
[00:29:46.780]about how they wanna be represented
[00:29:48.800]or if they don't want to be grouped together.
[00:29:52.330]Another question that we often usually asked was
[00:29:55.110]kind of automatically asked
[00:29:56.130]what was your sex assigned at birth?
[00:29:57.810]And then recently in conversations, it's become really clear
[00:30:01.320]to me that that can be very stigmatizing
[00:30:03.500]and very marginalizing to ask that.
[00:30:05.870]And so we really don't do it
[00:30:08.650]unless there's some compelling reason
[00:30:11.600]we need to know that.
[00:30:13.170]So if you're feeling, making these kinds of forms
[00:30:15.660]think carefully about what information you really need
[00:30:19.150]and then try to ask it in the most affirming way possible.
[00:30:23.790]In our research on affirming healthcare environments
[00:30:26.490]especially behavioral health care,
[00:30:29.070]it turns out that looking at these forms
[00:30:31.750]and seeing how people ask about gender
[00:30:35.160]and perhaps about sex,
[00:30:36.720]is a really strong signal to the TGD community
[00:30:40.320]about whether a space is affirming or not.
[00:30:43.791]So if you do everything else right but don't do that,
[00:30:49.040]you may trip up in your work with the TGD community.
[00:30:56.000]Yeah. And the other thing it's really
[00:31:01.660]just so aside of this,
[00:31:03.250]we did a research project that did
[00:31:06.080]it looked at
[00:31:08.370]the healthcare and mental health care providers
[00:31:11.480]in our region
[00:31:14.070]who said that they provided services to transgender people
[00:31:23.500]and then we went to our researcher,
[00:31:26.380]went to their website
[00:31:28.030]to see if that was indicated on their website.
[00:31:31.160]And I think a very high percent of those websites
[00:31:36.690]did not use the word, did not make a reference, did not.
[00:31:41.740]It was just like the big, it was like a big secret
[00:31:45.120]and always have been of the mindset that said
[00:31:49.100]if you don't say it, you don't mean it.
[00:31:52.250]And so that's something to keep in mind.
[00:31:55.670]And that I think is true for LGBT people across the board.
[00:32:00.760]Is like if you don't say it in your published advertisement
[00:32:06.840]or in your web presence, then you don't mean it.
[00:32:12.250]And so anyway, let's use those words.
[00:32:19.250]So that brings us to the big one in my mind
[00:32:23.510]is thinking outside of the binary box.
[00:32:27.250]A lot of times we do things habitually
[00:32:29.830]especially as you get older
[00:32:34.790]and I'm older.
[00:32:36.780]So you do things out of habit.
[00:32:38.890]And, but take a look at the things that you do
[00:32:41.380]out of habit regarding this subject anyway
[00:32:44.740]and really ask yourself, is it necessary?
[00:32:47.920]Is it necessary to walk into a room full of people
[00:32:50.830]and say, hello ladies and gentlemen?
[00:32:54.290]Hello boys and girls?
[00:32:56.490]Could you just say, hello everyone?
[00:33:02.163]And then try to govern your behavior accordingly.
[00:33:08.030]So we also, we also, when we, when we categorize people
[00:33:16.680]as only having two options, male or female
[00:33:21.550]we're saying that
[00:33:24.520]one is good and one is bad
[00:33:26.200]whether we intend to or not
[00:33:28.280]because that's, I mean, when you only have a binary
[00:33:32.300]to work with and you are have grown up in,
[00:33:36.800]or you're familiar with the culture of this country is
[00:33:41.450]somebody has gotta be bad.
[00:33:43.140]Somebody's gotta be the other.
[00:33:47.936]we don't say things like good morning blonde hair
[00:33:50.860]and brown hair children.
[00:33:53.580]We don't say things like good morning
[00:33:56.090]blue eyed and brown eyed people?
[00:33:58.930]We just say, good morning people.
[00:34:00.980]So Deb, what do you got to say on this?
[00:34:05.060]So the question then comes up about
[00:34:07.466]what do you use instead?
[00:34:09.120]I mean, I think that there's been discussion
[00:34:11.000]in feminist literature for a long time
[00:34:12.970]about calling out gender when you didn't need to.
[00:34:16.645]And I'm thinking of a discussion I saw on Facebook
[00:34:20.890]from a colleague who's from the South
[00:34:24.830]who kinda said, "You know,
[00:34:26.970]I just speaking as a southerner.
[00:34:28.770]I give y'all permission to use y'all."
[00:34:31.990]And that that's okay.
[00:34:33.740]And that's a good generic, you can say, you know
[00:34:37.660]welcome everybody or welcome y'all
[00:34:40.430]is a way to do it.
[00:34:41.600]And I kinda laughed about that
[00:34:42.950]because I have to say, I always felt like
[00:34:45.160]I was sort of mocking southerners when I did that
[00:34:47.560]but now I feel affirmed that I have permission.
[00:34:55.810]So I think any discussion of
[00:35:00.490]transgender and gender diverse folks
[00:35:02.790]and kinda best practices
[00:35:04.650]really needs to acknowledge the importance
[00:35:08.490]and as many people who are listening today know
[00:35:11.060]intersectionality is the idea that
[00:35:13.360]we don't just have one identity
[00:35:16.170]that we all have multiple identities.
[00:35:18.330]And obviously that is true of people who are transgender
[00:35:21.520]or gender diverse as well.
[00:35:22.800]So they may see themselves also as a parent
[00:35:26.360]as a musician, as a brother, a sister,
[00:35:32.050]a sibling, as a grandparent may identify
[00:35:35.951]as a person of particular religious faith
[00:35:39.010]or a racial or ethnic identity.
[00:35:42.220]And it's the case that their TGD identity
[00:35:45.300]may not be central at any given time
[00:35:47.840]and how they think about themselves
[00:35:50.170]how central it is really may change over time.
[00:35:54.110]It may be important at some points in their life
[00:35:56.810]and less important Nathan kind of alluded to that
[00:35:58.990]a little bit earlier
[00:36:00.109]and it may change across situations how central it is.
[00:36:06.060]Nathan has a story that I love.
[00:36:08.240]So when I, so when I'm walking around in target
[00:36:12.580]which I don't do very much anymore because of COVID,
[00:36:16.030]but there was a time when that was kinda my spot
[00:36:21.742]what I'm being followed by the so-called security people
[00:36:27.200]who profile people when they go into those stores
[00:36:31.970]it has absolutely nothing to do with being transgender.
[00:36:36.320]And so that's what we mean by it could change
[00:36:41.870]When I am driving in my car, if it ever starts again,
[00:36:48.070]and I'm being followed by a police officer
[00:36:53.100]I know for a fact that it has nothing to do
[00:36:57.030]with my being transgender.
[00:36:59.270]In fact, my identity is, and this is just me.
[00:37:05.170]And there are some people that think this and believe this
[00:37:08.290]and then some people have disagreements with me about this
[00:37:12.840]but I really don't identify in my day-to-day life
[00:37:15.790]as a transgender person or a trans anything person.
[00:37:19.600]I identify as an African-American male.
[00:37:24.350]And when I do identify as a trans gendered person
[00:37:30.650]it is for the sake of education,
[00:37:33.830]educating people like this session.
[00:37:37.110]Otherwise, I just don't, it's ,I just don't go there.
[00:37:44.216]So don't assume that that is the only story
[00:37:52.050]I have to tell as my transgender story
[00:37:56.220]or the only story that makes up the body of work
[00:38:00.440]that is me, is my transgender story.
[00:38:05.307]Oh, I am sorry.
[00:38:07.870]Yeah, there is somebody calling.
[00:38:09.970]Okay. So that's that.
[00:38:13.370]All right. Nathan we're coming up on our time limit here.
[00:38:17.030]So I know we want to talk a little bit
[00:38:19.760]about the resources for trans collaborations
[00:38:24.456]that the slide in the website up here.
[00:38:26.670]Yeah. So I'm talking, just like I said,
[00:38:29.540]I could spend a whole hour talking about Trans Collaboration
[00:38:33.350]and I really hope that you will go to our website
[00:38:36.330]and explore it and see the things that we have done.
[00:38:39.560]But one of the things that we've done
[00:38:42.650]is we've created a self-advocacy workshop.
[00:38:46.070]And why is that?
[00:38:47.220]That has to do with, I strongly believe that
[00:38:53.010]the problems that transgender people have
[00:38:56.980]or gender diverse people have
[00:38:58.770]with having good quality health care
[00:39:03.650]is not because of who we are.
[00:39:07.890]It's not this intrinsic thing about us.
[00:39:10.340]It's not like that's a bad thing about us.
[00:39:13.630]That's a societal problem.
[00:39:16.430]However, I believe that transgender adults
[00:39:20.830]or gender diverse adults can learn different ways
[00:39:25.580]of navigate, I call it navigating the crap.
[00:39:28.920]And so we have designed some workshops that we do.
[00:39:33.700]They were a day long.
[00:39:34.940]We're retrofitting them to be online workshops
[00:39:38.220]where we do a lot of role-playing
[00:39:40.270]and we do a lot of coaching
[00:39:42.350]about the steps to getting good care.
[00:39:46.340]And the first step is being to identify your resources
[00:39:50.920]and it goes, we go all the way to a doctor's appointment.
[00:39:55.740]So that's, and that's been pretty successful
[00:39:58.180]and it has changed people's lives a little bit.
[00:40:00.910]The second thing that we've done
[00:40:02.730]that I'm really happy and proud of is
[00:40:06.040]one of the first things the child loses when they identify
[00:40:09.740]as gender diverse is a camp experience.
[00:40:13.610]So we run a two day camp for children
[00:40:17.800]between the ages of five years old and 13 year olds
[00:40:21.550]and their families at a bonafide really official camp site.
[00:40:27.910]And we provide those families with a lot of firsts.
[00:40:31.980]So it's the first time these children,
[00:40:34.460]these little kids see someone who is like them
[00:40:38.140]but is a grownup, it's the first time their parents
[00:40:41.380]have the opportunity to meet
[00:40:43.300]and talk to people like them, but it's a grownup.
[00:40:46.320]And it's the first time the parents get to meet
[00:40:49.800]with each other and talk to each other about their,
[00:40:52.910]and these are families from as far as South Dakota and Iowa
[00:40:59.400]in any way.
[00:41:00.930]So wee run that camp
[00:41:02.190]and if you go to our website, you'll see more information
[00:41:06.270]about the camp,
[00:41:07.170]about how to get involved in the camp
[00:41:09.410]and how to support the camp financially
[00:41:11.590]if that's how you are so inclined.
[00:41:15.100]And then the publications from our research.
[00:41:17.730]And that's been really rewarding.
[00:41:22.990]So that's all I'll say.
[00:41:24.620]'Cause I know we have a lot,
[00:41:26.443]Probably have some questions. Yeah.
[00:41:30.090]So we have tried to make the products
[00:41:33.620]as available as possible.
[00:41:35.230]Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
[00:41:38.030]The last slide I wanna put up is about some other resources.
[00:41:42.160]Nathan mentioned PFLAG earlier.
[00:41:44.310]Lincoln has a really active PFLAG group
[00:41:47.830]been meeting through the pandemic.
[00:41:49.230]There are others across Nebraska
[00:41:51.470]most major cities have them.
[00:41:53.780]Shout out to the LGBTQ resource center.
[00:41:58.560]The Gleason website has lots of terrific resources
[00:42:01.700]about pronouns and that sort of what we think
[00:42:04.820]of as kind of trans 101.
[00:42:07.940]Many of you be familiar with the Trevor project
[00:42:10.250]and their work on suicidality.
[00:42:11.850]And then lastly, I wanna note a listing
[00:42:14.770]about welcoming congregations.
[00:42:16.550]Many people just assume
[00:42:18.010]that religious communities are not affirming
[00:42:20.700]of trans identities.
[00:42:22.240]And that is not true.
[00:42:24.000]I will say this particular site
[00:42:25.680]tends to be Christian oriented
[00:42:27.930]but I just really wanna make people aware that
[00:42:31.100]people's spiritual life is very important
[00:42:34.050]for many folks and that you can find a community
[00:42:37.860]that will hopefully meet your needs.
[00:42:44.363]So now we're to questions.
[00:42:52.160]Thanks Debra, Nathan for sharing your experiences
[00:42:54.830]and how academic and community partnerships
[00:42:57.470]can help build trans community.
[00:42:59.907]So we will open up the floor for any questions.
[00:43:03.770]Feel free to directly message Dr.Kasabaum or me.
[00:43:07.860]If you have any
[00:43:13.340]Yeah. You can ask questions.
[00:43:14.410]You can unmute or be unmuted and ask questions too.
[00:43:19.980]and I think I have a question.
[00:43:23.750]Oh, not unmute, but you can raise your hand
[00:43:27.060]but I think I have a question here earlier
[00:43:30.200]and I hope I'm not saying your name right, wrong.
[00:43:34.040]Can you give me a thumbs up if I got it right.
[00:43:36.189]You know, I kinda
[00:43:37.022]That was perfect.
[00:43:38.210]But never happens and that was perfect.
[00:43:40.720]Hey, hey, hey, appreciate it.
[00:43:42.830]So Allura, you can ask her your question
[00:43:45.590]or you want me to read it for you?
[00:43:50.158]I think I will go ahead and ask it.
[00:43:51.420]So something that came up this past week in our program
[00:43:56.290]is that we were interacting with someone who has
[00:44:00.950]like doesn't use any pronouns.
[00:44:02.770]And so I thought I threw it out to the group
[00:44:05.730]but I thought it would be helpful to discuss,
[00:44:08.090]like what do you do in that situation?
[00:44:10.010]I mean, I know what I do,
[00:44:11.060]but I think some people may not be as familiar
[00:44:14.150]and I thought it would be a helpful question
[00:44:16.260]just for other people to kind of think about.
[00:44:20.790]What did you do, Allura?
[00:44:24.740]I knew you gonna do that Ethan.
[00:44:28.770]I love it.
[00:44:29.880]Yeah. I work Nathan and Deb.
[00:44:31.979]So using the person's name instead of pronouns
[00:44:37.460]is what I have always thought was the most appropriate
[00:44:40.480]and it looks like Pat and CJ agreed with me in the chat.
[00:44:44.790]But I I don't know if anyone else has any other thoughts
[00:44:51.430]I feel like this is something that
[00:44:56.030]what people ask you to do is what you should do.
[00:44:58.640]So if they're saying I don't use pronouns, use my name
[00:45:02.830]then it's up to us to step up and do that.
[00:45:08.130]I think that
[00:45:11.200]if you're, if somebody says
[00:45:12.950]I know you use pronouns and you don't know what that means
[00:45:15.210]I think it's okay to say, so that's what you don't do.
[00:45:19.570]What do you do?
[00:45:20.450]Like, you know what works
[00:45:21.640]it's that to have a respectful conversation about that
[00:45:24.987]but the bottom line is when people let you know
[00:45:27.926]then it's, then the job's on us to get it right.
[00:45:35.000]Yeah. That's a good answer.
[00:45:36.120]I love that.
[00:45:37.630]And don't be, so I can be a cranky old person
[00:45:43.130]that gets kind of stuck in my ways.
[00:45:50.286]I remember when I first heard the term cisgender
[00:45:53.370]and I'm just like, what?
[00:45:56.680]You know, and just don't be the cranky old person
[00:46:00.402]that sometimes we can be like when new ideas come to us
[00:46:06.900]just, you know
[00:46:08.867]and the big thing is to don't ridicule, don't minimize
[00:46:15.159]and don't poke fun
[00:46:18.340]of people who see things differently than you do.
[00:46:27.290]Yeah. I hear you, Nathan.
[00:46:29.260]I hear you're saying and be open, right?
[00:46:31.500]We have an open mind, open heart, right?
[00:46:34.740]And understand it's ever-changing, right?
[00:46:38.340]Words, you know, I, you know
[00:46:39.720]you hear people talk about, Oh my goodness.
[00:46:42.260]You know, what's the vocabulary today or it's changed
[00:46:44.940]you know what?
[00:46:45.870]Be open, go with it.
[00:46:48.166]You know, our technology changes everyday.
[00:46:50.180]I don't hear you talking about that.
[00:46:52.020]Yeah. I see you getting that new iPhone
[00:46:55.416]Well that's right, right.
[00:47:00.240]We have one more question.
[00:47:02.770]What advice do you have
[00:47:04.430]for individuals who feel their spirituality
[00:47:07.280]creates a barrier to supporting trans individuals
[00:47:11.130]or don't quite understand that trans folks can be religious.
[00:47:19.180]You gotta, you gotta choose I guess.
[00:47:21.220]I mean, I don't ,
[00:47:23.470]I mean, if your spirituality
[00:47:27.637]do you mean like religion or what'd,
[00:47:30.370]So I don't even know what that means really.
[00:47:37.400]I always say, if you don't like gay marriage
[00:47:40.120]don't marry a gay person.
[00:47:42.570]So it's, it can be pretty simple.
[00:47:46.976]It's like, I don't know.
[00:47:56.310]like I wouldn't attend a church
[00:47:59.630]that was overtly negative
[00:48:04.980]about me being my authentic self.
[00:48:08.150]And so you have to choose, you have to make,
[00:48:11.050]sometimes, sometimes there are hard choices to be made.
[00:48:17.400]I, just a point of clarification.
[00:48:19.460]I think the question is how do you support individuals
[00:48:24.160]who identify as trans,
[00:48:26.230]if that is against your own spirituality beliefs?
[00:48:31.620]So resources. Yeah.
[00:48:33.347]Okay. Yeah, I can jump in here.
[00:48:35.490]This is actually something that comes up fairly often.
[00:48:38.800]You know, I'm a clinical psychologist
[00:48:40.420]and part of what I do is supervise
[00:48:43.070]and provide mental health services.
[00:48:45.650]These kinds of things come up in that context.
[00:48:48.350]And there's a couple of things that we often do.
[00:48:52.280]One is often encourage people to have a conversation
[00:48:57.280]with a spiritual or religious leader they trust about it
[00:49:00.690]because it often is the case
[00:49:02.531]they're kind of not understanding or not,
[00:49:06.190]not getting the fullness of what their faith
[00:49:10.170]would bring to bear on this.
[00:49:12.270]And that could often be,
[00:49:13.650]'cause it's kind of a religious question,
[00:49:15.130]the go to the experts.
[00:49:16.800]And the second thing is to,
[00:49:19.750]regardless of people's religious identity,
[00:49:23.060]many people can identify kind of the common humanity
[00:49:27.850]we share and that there's lots of things
[00:49:30.070]about other people that we may or may not like
[00:49:33.140]or support or be part of our identity
[00:49:35.260]but to try to focus on our common shared humanity
[00:49:40.680]and focus on that rather than, you know
[00:49:44.370]the identity that we're less comfortable with.
[00:49:46.370]And I see something from
[00:49:49.370]popping up in the chat here about, yeah.
[00:49:51.310]Most spiritual traditions have a golden rule.
[00:49:53.980]And that's a kind of another version of that
[00:49:57.340]common humanity I think is useful.
[00:50:00.130]Yeah. That's a tough one.
[00:50:01.520]And it's a tough one if it's your family and you're,
[00:50:04.680]you don't agree with your family.
[00:50:05.850]There's all sorts of complications there.
[00:50:08.170]Yeah. I love that part says you choose communist,
[00:50:11.630]choose communist people
[00:50:14.680]All right. We have time for probably one more question.
[00:50:17.980]And it's how do
[00:50:19.670]how might you support parents of trans children?
[00:50:25.560]So that's a good one.
[00:50:29.024]I think as trans people sometimes we're hard on our parents
[00:50:33.800]and I think,
[00:50:37.120]Nathan, you were hard.
[00:50:38.380]That's what you're saying. I'm just kidding.
[00:50:41.100]You have to love transparents and you have to respect
[00:50:45.311]that they're on a journey too.
[00:50:48.633]And ask them what they need.
[00:50:53.050]What do you need?
[00:50:55.099]How can I be there for you?
[00:50:57.400]Because nobody, I mean, there's so many bits
[00:51:02.060]and pieces of being a parent that we don't get a book for.
[00:51:06.360]You certainly don't get the book for hi,
[00:51:13.780]I'm a guy, you know, there's nothing,
[00:51:16.014]there's no way to prepare a parent for that news.
[00:51:22.110]And so we have to acknowledge that that's hard.
[00:51:26.390]It can be hard and it could be a long journey for parents
[00:51:30.620]and I feel bad. I feel fortunate.
[00:51:33.240]It wasn't my, I think my mother started my journey
[00:51:35.890]for me before I, you know, she watched too much out
[00:51:40.100]for a back in the day, but it can be
[00:51:44.280]you can be really hard on parents.
[00:51:46.420]And so you just love them and point them to resources.
[00:51:53.240]And I think like PFLAG
[00:51:54.457]and meeting other parents could be super helpful.
[00:51:57.000]Then there was some groups around town of parents
[00:51:59.290]of younger kids and older kids and such as well.
[00:52:02.780]Again, as a mental health provider
[00:52:04.490]I always kind of keep two things in my mind.
[00:52:06.920]One is I absolutely expect them to do the best
[00:52:10.680]by their child
[00:52:11.880]and at the same time I realized
[00:52:14.150]that they may not be in a position right now to do that
[00:52:17.370]and we want to help them move to that direction.
[00:52:22.340]This is wonderful. Thank you so so much.
[00:52:25.550]Thank you so much.
[00:52:28.573]I think we should use our emoji's right now
[00:52:30.270]real quick to say thank you for the information.
[00:52:34.740]Thank you for the presentation.
[00:52:37.470]Thank you for the knowledge.
[00:52:41.400]Thank you for the opportunity and everybody's time today.
[00:52:43.990]It's always a privilege to get to do this.
[00:52:46.420]Yeah. Thank you so much.
[00:52:48.910]All right. So for the next spot
[00:52:51.880]we're going to move into breakout rooms for 15 minutes.
[00:52:56.590]And I welcome everybody to be part
[00:52:58.750]of the small group discussion in which we'll discuss
[00:53:02.520]about today's talk and how it connects with the books
[00:53:05.590]we've been reading namely "The Cost",
[00:53:08.867]"The Origins of Our Discontent",
[00:53:10.487]"How To Be An Inclusive Leader"
[00:53:12.210]and "How To Be Anti-racist."
[00:53:14.060]So get your phones out,
[00:53:15.950]take a picture of the prompts for discussion
[00:53:19.060]or just take a screenshot and reflect on this
[00:53:23.190]and we'll be back in 15.
[00:53:25.890]And when we returned to the large group,
[00:53:28.200]I will call on three groups randomly
[00:53:30.770]to share some key points of what you spoke about.
[00:53:35.070]So just note the number of you group your join
[00:53:37.650]and select a person who will share at the end.
[00:53:41.830]Okay. So I hope everyone got a chance to just
[00:53:44.350]like process your thoughts and share with the group.
[00:53:48.838]And so looks like we had five groups and we have time.
[00:53:52.890]So I think we'll just start with group one
[00:53:55.880]and kind of hear from everybody about what you discussed.
[00:54:01.080]So group one, who's gonna,
[00:54:03.420]All right. I am representing group one.
[00:54:12.215]We spent some time,
[00:54:14.560]we had Pat in our group, which was really wonderful
[00:54:17.710]but Pat talked about how, you know, it is infact
[00:54:21.030]yes, very hard to find healthcare professionals
[00:54:23.400]who are informed and being friendly
[00:54:25.310]does not necessarily mean that
[00:54:28.790]one is in one is knowledgeable.
[00:54:32.780]And then thinking about actions
[00:54:36.530]really engaging in converse
[00:54:40.130]students in conversation, keeping an open mind,
[00:54:42.240]being curious, acknowledging that we need to accept
[00:54:48.820]who another person says they are.
[00:54:51.690]It's not, it's on us to accept that.
[00:54:55.070]We don't need to understand
[00:54:56.990]before we can, be for accepting.
[00:55:00.090]And yeah, to continue practicing pronouns
[00:55:03.170]which is not something everyone has always been, been doing
[00:55:11.950]Yeah. So the more you practice, the easier it gets.
[00:55:14.910]Yeah. It doesn't come naturally sometimes.
[00:55:21.590]Okay. Group two.
[00:55:36.050]Did all the groups who people leave? Come on now.
[00:55:38.486]All group two
[00:55:39.319]We don't know what the numbers are.
[00:55:41.580]Oh, the groups that you were in your room.
[00:55:43.530]like what room you were in.That's group two.
[00:55:45.290]Yeah. I understand exactly what you're saying.
[00:55:47.590]I have no idea what our number for our group was.
[00:55:50.180]Okay. It looks like,
[00:55:52.600]Group two was Dr. Combs, Dr.Pennisi, Lisa.
[00:56:01.870]Pennisi, we, the group didn't actually talk, so,
[00:56:12.380]Let's go to group three. Maybe they needed a break.
[00:56:14.440]It's all right? Good three?
[00:56:22.840]Sorry. I'm representing group three.
[00:56:26.970]And between all four of us
[00:56:29.660]we had read the three different books
[00:56:34.330]and we found that, we find I guess,
[00:56:38.260]that we are now more aware.
[00:56:42.210]So we're being better listeners for our colleagues.
[00:56:46.290]We're more alert to challenges that different people
[00:56:52.690]And because we're more aware
[00:56:54.190]we're more accepting also of people as they are.
[00:56:57.460]That was part of the both the inclusive leadership
[00:57:00.980]and the anti-racist book.
[00:57:03.610]We're learning to be better advocates
[00:57:06.510]and to be more inclusive
[00:57:07.980]to be alert for providing equitable opportunities
[00:57:12.590]not equal opportunities, but equitable opportunities.
[00:57:18.510]I think that's it.
[00:57:20.639]Okay. So good.
[00:57:23.260]Yeah, that was great.
[00:57:24.710]Okay. Group four.
[00:57:28.190]So in our group
[00:57:29.390]we really, after some brief reflection,
[00:57:32.740]we really talked about how this is really a learning journey
[00:57:36.760]for all of us and how it's important for us to practice
[00:57:40.630]I think in line with what group one had already said
[00:57:43.890]practice using pronouns
[00:57:45.480]and to make it part of our daily practice.
[00:57:51.020]And we also talked about how it can be a struggle
[00:57:54.260]to incorporate inclusivity,
[00:57:55.860]equity, diversity into our everyday everyday interactions.
[00:58:00.650]And that's something that we all kind of pledged
[00:58:03.250]to continue working on.
[00:58:05.480]And our discussion kind of veered a little off piece
[00:58:10.210]in that two of us in the group
[00:58:12.020]work at the Sheldon Museum of Art.
[00:58:13.500]So we ended up talking
[00:58:14.460]about how we can within our museum context
[00:58:18.340]provide more equitable access to various programming
[00:58:23.810]into the building and so on and so forth.
[00:58:27.540]That's awesome Melissa. Thank you. Look at that group.
[00:58:32.140]They're already applying it to their area.
[00:58:34.550]I know. That's a good point. Yeah.
[00:58:38.594]All right. The last group, group five.
[00:58:42.324]I am representing group five.
[00:58:45.700]My name is Janell I'm at the Sheldon Museum of Art.
[00:58:49.620]And to start off with
[00:58:50.810]we had a couple people who had, are new to the group.
[00:58:53.740]So they didn't read the books, but from comparing how
[00:58:57.980]to be anti-racist to this conversation today,
[00:59:02.570]a part of the book talked about not generalizing people
[00:59:06.540]based on one person's behavior.
[00:59:08.710]And again, I was reminded
[00:59:09.790]of that in this conversation about, for example
[00:59:13.110]just because someone is gender diverse
[00:59:15.010]or transgender doesn't mean
[00:59:17.030]that that's the only identity that they follow
[00:59:21.799]and that people are complex individuals
[00:59:25.570]and they have unique lives and experiences.
[00:59:29.130]And then collectively as a group
[00:59:31.290]we talked about just the word grace
[00:59:33.600]that this year has really, that word kind of resonates a lot
[00:59:38.530]like just trying to have more grace with people
[00:59:42.060]not assuming things about people,
[00:59:46.270]listening, trying to be open to opening up about ourselves
[00:59:52.330]but also open to listening to other people.
[00:59:55.050]So we all can become more comfortable with
[00:59:58.690]with all these unique identities.
[01:00:04.230]And then one person mentioned in the group this year
[01:00:07.330]has taught some of us a lot about self-reflection
[01:00:10.090]and how important that is too.
[01:00:14.830]Well, thanks for sharing.
[01:00:15.780]I think Nathan spoke a little about it
[01:00:20.000]when we were in, you know, preparing
[01:00:22.250]about stuff like how comfortable people usually
[01:00:24.670]are to discuss this topic, right?
[01:00:26.330]'Cause it doesn't come naturally. It doesn't come easy.
[01:00:29.560]And then we do wanna say the wrong thing.
[01:00:33.080]So Nathan, if you have something to add to that.
[01:00:40.650]Not really just that we have to be,
[01:00:46.462]I don't know this combination of stern
[01:00:48.540]and kind to ourselves.
[01:00:51.780]And I say stern because it is important that we get it right
[01:00:58.990]because you're talking about human beings
[01:01:02.960]and the ways that you can connect to their humanity
[01:01:09.820]and appreciate their humanity, but then kind to yourself
[01:01:15.460]because you may perceive this as a difficult thing.
[01:01:19.890]So I think most of the transgendered
[01:01:25.750]or gender diverse people that I know are patient to a point
[01:01:32.960]and then it's like, come on y'all.
[01:01:35.739]Let's get this right.
[01:01:38.120]And so, and I think we have made great strides
[01:01:42.280]in getting it right in terms of how we treat each other.
[01:01:48.420]And really, if you let kindness and love guide you
[01:01:53.840]then that's a good start.
[01:01:58.340]Oh yeah. That was great. All right.
[01:02:01.310]So that was wonderful.
[01:02:03.560]I just want to say, yeah, thank you.
[01:02:05.780]So I want us to use our reaction buttons
[01:02:08.200]because I'm all about celebrating and giving thanks.
[01:02:12.570]So I want people to use our reaction buttons
[01:02:15.130]to thank Deb Hope, Nathan Woodruff again, for their insight
[01:02:20.680]and their commitment to inclusive excellence
[01:02:23.130]I'm be like trying to do my reactions to loved it.
[01:02:27.030]Also thank yourselves for being active participants
[01:02:30.690]in self-education through learning, reading, and dialogue.
[01:02:36.280]And then I wanna also share with you our next meeting.
[01:02:39.050]Woo, woo. I'm so excited.
[01:02:41.470]It's April 16th and it's a time difference.
[01:02:44.190]Is at 4:30 to 6:30.
[01:02:46.330]And we're gonna celebrate this inclusive journey
[01:02:48.900]that we've been on so far with Include.
[01:02:52.160]We're gonna have multiple speakers.
[01:02:54.000]Actually, one of our speakers is in the house right now
[01:02:57.020]and there are phenomenal.
[01:02:58.680]We're gonna have some speakers.
[01:02:59.860]We're gonna have a panelist.
[01:03:01.520]So our speaker guest speaker
[01:03:03.510]is going to be Dr. Lisa Pennisi,
[01:03:10.709]as I said right earlier,
[01:03:12.110]Pennisi who is in the house right there,
[01:03:14.960]is gonna talk about neurodiversity on campus.
[01:03:17.910]We're gonna have a guest panel
[01:03:21.320]that's going to come and talk about the Lakotas
[01:03:26.520]the Lakota worldview.
[01:03:29.190]And then we're gonna have a surprise guest panelists.
[01:03:34.660]Yes. It's gonna be,
[01:03:36.300]our keynote speaker is gonna be Jennifer Brown
[01:03:38.720]who wrote the book that was part of our book club,
[01:03:43.570]We are so excited. Oh my goodness.
[01:03:46.050]So tell your friends, show up
[01:03:49.440]sign up and remember
[01:03:56.250]If you haven't, visit our website, visit.
[01:03:59.410]If you haven't shared your actions, share them.
[01:04:02.110]'Cause I heard some of them today.
[01:04:03.780]Some people were sharing what they've done.
[01:04:05.820]Go to my Husker Action and share,
[01:04:08.200]but be well, stay safe and be inclusive.
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