Introduction to Gender Identity and Expression
This event was to help allies understand gender identity and expression. Its focus was on gender identity and how individuals express their gender. This included some scientific content as well as historical and current context. We also included some practical tips and advice about things like use of pronouns. Open space was provided to allow questions to be asked in a safe environment.
As a result of the webinar, we hope attendees will:
- Have a deeper understanding of gender identity, expression and presentation and how this is different from sexual orientation.
- Have more confidence in their own understanding of gender and in their interactions with others across the gender spectrum.
- Be empowered to be better allies to the transgender and non-binary communities.
Speaker – Jae Sloan
Jae Sloan (they/them) is an organisational development consultant, executive coach, writer, speaker and mentor with expertise in business strategy, performance, inclusion and diversity, leadership and change. They have 20 years’ experience working in a multinational pharma organisation as well as more than 5 years of professional experience working in education/non-profit community organisations. Jae has their NTL Organisational Development certification and is an APECS Certified Professional Executive Coach. As an out queer (non-binary, gay) person Jae has nearly 10 years of leadership in inclusion and diversity with an emphasis on LGBTQ+. They are a Co-Founder and current Co-Chair of the Proud Science Alliance, a collective of healthcare and life sciences sector LGBTQ+ networks and partners who work together to raise the bar on LGBTQ+ inclusion within their organisations and the sector as a whole.
Jae was also joined in this webinar by diversity, equity and inclusion consultant and trainer Magda Stęga (she/her).
The event was chaired by IP Out Committee member Isobel Barry.
You can access a recording of the webinar here, and Jae Sloan’s slides here. Please note that the recording includes personal experiences which both Jae and Magda were kind enough to share with us. Please respect their stories as lived experiences, which were told with the aim of bringing the content shared to life. Jae’s and Magda’s stories are representative of their own experiences, but each trans person will have their own – often very different – story to tell.
We’ve also published a report of the webinar.