Session 1: Rethinking Gender Binarism in Our Everyday Lives - June 3, 2020
The gender and sex binary is ever-present in our lives, and those who fall outside of this binary are often invisibilized. In this session, you will learn and practice new ways to reflect about gender outside of the binary and to work towards popping the gender bubbles that exist in our everyday lives. You will review terms about gender, sex, sexuality, and the gender binary; then, in small breakout groups, we will try out a dialogue tool to reflect on the role of the gender binary framework and the experiences of people with nonbinary and other marginalized gender identities in your life and work.
This is the first in a 2-part series; the second, Rethinking Gender Binarism: In Our Gender Work, will draw on some of the concepts we discuss in this session. We hope to see you at both Gender Cafés! If you aren't able to join session 1 live, we encourage you to watch a recording of this session before attending the second one, especially if you are new to working with gender-diverse communities.
Session 2: Rethinking Gender Binarism in Our Gender Work - June 24, 2020
This session will engage a diverse panel of professionals who will share their experiences and insights for creating more inclusivity for those who live outside of the sex and gender binaries. Our panelists will share ideas for strengthening our work as it relates to gender, so that we truly support the many global identities beyond simplistic binaries.
Then in breakout sessions, participants will reflect individually and in small groups on what the first part of the session evoked, reflecting on their own personal and professional lives. Example topics might be: how we can work towards gender diversity in a largely binary world, sharing ideas for getting involved with groups in our communities, and how we can all (regardless of gender) collaborate to be more inclusive to sex and gender minorities in our work.
We will draw on some of the concepts discussed in the first panel of the series: “Rethinking Gender Binarism: In Our Everyday Lives.” If you weren't able to join, we encourage you to watch the recording linked below before attending the second session, especially if you are new to working with non-binary, intersex, and LGBTQ communities.
Naseem Jamnia (they/them)
Chicago-born and raised to Iranian immigrants, Naseem Jamnia is a fiction MFA candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a scientist, their work looked at both rodent models of psychiatric disabilities and sex differences within them; as a writer, they focus on centering marginalized voices both through nonfiction—such as their work as Bitch Media's 2018 fellow in technology, their own creative nonfiction, and their work in disability and early childhood education in Positive Interactions with At-Risk Children (Routledge 2019)—and fiction, where their characters are mostly queer and trans people of color.
Sebastián Aguilar Betancurt (they/them)
Sebastián was born and raised in Colombia, where they studied journalism and grew a passion for communication for development. They hold an MA in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, focusing on gender equality and SOGIESC rights, from the University of Essex in England.
Sebastián is a current intern for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and has also worked in international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS). They have experience collaborating with the international human rights system, particularly with the Special Procedures mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Crystal Hendricks (she/her)
Crystal is currently involved in various intersex-related activities in South Africa. She serves as the Chairperson of Intersex South Africa. As a Black Intersex person, Crystal believes it is essential that the voices of intersex people be heard, and works to ensure that intersex people themselves are centered in conversations and decisions on issues that have a direct impact on their lived experiences. Crystal was part of a group of Intersex Activists that, in 2017, took Intersex South Africa (ISSA) out of its dormancy. Crystal is a passionate community servant with the ability to motivate and inspire individuals in identifying their potential to continue and share this passion to serve others.
Noel Schroeder (they/them)
Noel is a feminist activist, educator, and organizer in Washington, D.C. They have a decade of leadership experience in nonprofit management and international solidarity work.
They provide strategic coaching consulting for social and gender justice organizations, and they are the Co-Executive Director of Girls Rock! DC, a music education organization for trans and cis girls and gender expansive youth. Noel is a Co-Founder of the Future is Feminist activist collective and a core organizer with Cop Watch DC.
Brenna Kutch (they/them or she/her)
Brenna is a self-described bureaucratic activist - creating structural change through policy and organizational inclusion. She likes to spend her professional and personal time working towards equality, joining social justice and human rights causes, questioning binaries, and thinking about what the heck gender even is. She currently works at USAID; previously, she spent over 10 at Portland State University working in human resources and inclusion, which is also where she received her Master of Public Administration.
Khrys Burden (they/them)
Khrys is a 23-year old graphic designer from the Philippines. Although not identifying as a trans man, they are very active in the local community through Transman Equality and Awareness Movement (TEAM). They've contributed by organizing events and helping host small webtalks about the non-binary experience. They also share LGBTQ+ love through their artwork and merchandise.
Part 1 - Rethinking Gender Binarism: In Our Everyday Lives
Part 2 - Rethinking Gender Binarism: In Our Gender Work