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The Transgender Museum Experience: Creating a Safe Space for Everyone to Work, Learn, and Play

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Transgender people are members of every community museums engage, from staff and volunteers to visitors and participants. How can your institution create a safe space for people of all genders? This panel discussion will include a brief overview of gender identity before diving into a conversation about successful engagement around the region. Learn from your colleagues, develop strategies to take home with you, and discover resources to shift your museum’s workplace culture.

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The Transgender Museum Experience: Creating a Safe Space for Everyone to Work, Learn, and Play

  1. 1. The Transgender Museum Experience Creating a Safe Space for Everyone to Work, Learn, and Play
  2. 2. Mac Buff Tacoma Art Museum Associate Director of Education for Student and Teacher Programs MBuff@TacomaArtMuseum.org they/them/theirs Aarin Wilde Foss Waterway Seaport Museum Program Manager aarin.wilde@fosswaterwayseaport.org they/them or he/him Maria Ruiz Museum Consultant maria.ruiz.arte@gmail.com she/her/hers Holly M. Crawford ESMoA Director of Education hcrawford@artlab21.org they/them/theirs
  3. 3. Safe Space ● Be open to learn ● Ask questions if you have them ● Assume respect ● Confidential - personal stuff stays here ● Be yourself
  4. 4. Definitions LGBTQIA+ : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Transgender/trans: someone who is a gender that is not the same as the sex assigned to them at birth; encompasses a wide range of experiences and identities Cisgender: a person whose gender corresponds with their assigned sex at birth Gender non-conforming (GNC): describes a wide range of identities and experiences of people whose gender identity or expression differs from their assigned sex at birth Non-binary: a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine; identities outside the gender binary Two-spirit: a modern, pan-Indian, umbrella term used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe Native people in their communities who fulfill a traditional third-gender ceremonial role in their cultures Third gender: third sex is a concept in which individuals are categorized, either by themselves or by society, as neither man nor woman. It is also a social category present in societies that recognize three or more genders.
  5. 5. Transitioning ● There’s no right or wrong way ● It’s different for everyone ● Could include any or none of the following…
  6. 6. Gender Identity
  7. 7. Discussion What was it like to fill out the Gender Unicorn? What did you notice about yourself? What did you notice about social gender roles/norms?
  8. 8. Youth Participants ● Inclusive language ○ Make gender-free language a staple of your programming ○ Always assume, but don’t make assumptions ● Facilities ○ Make sure youth know their options ● Train your staff ○ Using correct names & pronouns matters ● Have scripts ready ○ Adults & teachers may push back- be prepared
  9. 9. Collaborative programming for Families, Adults, and Everyone Collaborate ● Identify an organization or artist(s) to collaborate with; ● Collaboration 101 - Be open to new ways of working; ● Offer space; ● Share the joy! Language ● Honor pronouns; respect individual personhood Safety ● Have a plan ● Be ready to talk about the “Why;” ● Don’t let anyone steal your joy!
  10. 10. Transgender Staff and Volunteers ● Be proactive ○ Don’t wait until someone comes out ● During transition and hard conversations, be aware of who’s in the room ○ Confidentiality ○ Harm reduction ● Leverage allies ○ It’s not the trans person’s job to educate
  11. 11. Strategies for Inclusion ● Applications and forms ○ Legal vs. chosen/preferred name ○ Non-binary pronoun and gender options ● Pronouns (optional!) on: ○ Email signatures ○ Nametags ○ Buttons ○ Introductions ● Restroom options ○ Non-gendered single-user ○ All-gender ○ Inclusive signage and language
  12. 12. Intersections ● How intersectional are your institution’s efforts to create inclusive, safe, engaging spaces and programs? ● Themes from 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) by the National Center for Transgender Equality: ● Economic hardship and instability ● Physical and mental health ● Compounding Impact of other forms of discrimination ○ Race/ ethnicity ○ Citizenship status ○ Disabilities ○ Housing status Accessibility: translations, ADA compliance, affordability of programs/ memberships
  13. 13. Allyship Cisgender allies for Transgender communities: ● Respect ○ Name, pronouns, inclusive language ○ You don’t need to know everything to respect someone’s personhood ○ Practice the Platinum Rule: treat people as they’d like to be treated ● Listen, Learn, & Grow ○ Listen and respect how a trans person speaks about themself ○ Nobody owes you an explanation or an answer to a question ○ Challenge your own assumptions and privileges, be open to feedback ● Act ○ Actively create affirming and welcoming social environments ○ Think & act holistically about inclusion ○ ALL THE TIME, even when you think there’s no trans people around
  14. 14. Break-out Sessions 1. Working with transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or questioning youth 2. Community partners 3. Transgender and transitioning staff/volunteers, institutional practices 4. Allyship, Intersectionality Consider: ● What is your institution already doing to be welcoming of trans people? ● What can your institution do to be more welcoming of trans staff, volunteers, and participants? ● What questions, concerns, or struggles do you have?
  15. 15. Resources American Alliance of Museums: ● LGBTQ Welcome Guide ● Guides to Gender Transition PFLAG Guide to Being a Trans Ally GLSEN Gender Terminology Discussion Guide American Library Association: ● Libraries Respond: Drag Queen Story Hour Teaching Tolerance 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) by the National Center for Transgender Equality: Call Your Girlfriend (podcast): ● June 27: Pronoun Power Codeswitch (podcast): ● June 25: Some Of the People Knew Magic Museopunks (podcast): ● Episode 36: Queering Your Museum
  16. 16. Mac Buff Tacoma Art Museum Associate Director of Education for Student and Teacher Programs MBuff@TacomaArtMuseum.org they/them/theirs Aarin Wilde Foss Waterway Seaport Museum Education Coordinator aarin.wilde@fosswaterwayseaport.org they/them or he/him Maria Ruiz Museum Consultant maria.ruiz.arte@gmail.com she/her/hers Holly M. Crawford ESMoA Director of Education hcrawford@artlab21.org they/them/theirs

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