Being a Stronger Ally: Trans/GNC Affirming Business Workshop
This workshop is open to the public and FREE to all Chamber members and their employees. Space is Limited and you must RSVP by February 1, 2019 to reserve your spot. The same workshop will also be held on February 7 at 3:30PM. You do not need to attend both.
Build comfort and confidence using terminology related to TGNC* people
Practice using pronouns
Hear directly from TGNC* people about their positive and negative experiences interacting with Andersonville businesses
Learn and practice skills regarding respectful customer service for TGNC* people
Identify next steps that they will take to make their business more TGNC* inclusive and affirming
Every participant will receive a resource packet which includes:
LGBTQ Vocabulary List
Safe Space and gender-neutral bathroom decals
Best Practices for supporting TGNC* customers, colleagues and community members
*Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Praxis Group is a Chicago-based consulting group that works to redefine group and organizational cultures so that people of all identities feel empowered to bring their full selves to the table. We have extensive experience working with corporate clients, as well as within nonprofit organizations, faith-based communities, higher education, and K-12 schools. We’ve also been lucky enough to call several Andersonville businesses our clients already: Aligned Modern Health, The Clark at Swedish Covenant, and Women & Children First. Praxis Group centers the knowledge and experiences of queer people, trans and nonbinary people, people of color, women, and femmes. Our team reflects these identities and brings over 25 years of both professional and lived experience to our work. We root our work in social justice and anti-racist frameworks and commit a percentage of all profits to local organizations that work to support queer and trans people of color.
The mission of Upswing Advocates is to use a self-as-expert approach to research and education that strengthens and supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Upswing envisions freely available and affordable treatments and services that are tailored to the LGBTQIA community that are empirically supported by data-based, community-informed research. As a data-driven organization, Upswing collaborates and works directly with LGBTQIA individuals and focus groups. Upswing aims to identify research needs and shape research methodology in a way that will be workable and meaningful for all participants, while remaining rooted in ethical scientific practice. Upswing also offers data-based, community-informed trainings to help professionals who are interested in building their competence in working with people who are LGBTQIA.