Alphabet Soup: The Basics of Informed LGBTQIA+ Allyship

This program addresses five key areas of biological sex/sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and types of attraction, as well as how all of these components combine and contribute to every individual’s unique self. Each term and concept represented in the LGBTQIA+ acronym is explained, and common myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions are debunked. The program also suggests a mindset shift away from “politically correct” and toward a proactive, empathetic “Personally Considerate” approach. Participants are asked to consider the differing realties between cisgender, heterosexual individuals and the LGBTQ+ community, and learn how to turn “Ally” from a noun into a verb.


Gender in the Classroom: Concepts, Language, Policies, & Practices

This program briefly distinguishes between assigned sex at birth and gender identity, expressions and roles. It explains how social transition (using the names, pronouns, clothing styles, and public facilities that correspond with the student's gender identity) is the recommended response to youth with gender dysphoria. The presentation also summarizes policy and procedural recommendations for supporting transgender students in K-12 Schools compiled by Gender Spectrum, the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National Education Association. Also included are examples of gender-neutral dress code policies and responses to common concerns expressed in response to transgender student accommodations 


Gender in the Workplace: Putting Policy into Practice

This program includes a review of current Wisconsin state laws and policies regarding gender discrimination protections in employment, hate and bias crimes, health care coverage, housing, public accommodations, and requirements for gender marker changes on government-issued ID. It also provides excerpts and recommendations from the Transgender Law Center's Model Transgender Employment Policy and guidance from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on how HR departments can best support transgender employees in the workplace.