Beyond the Binary: Navigating the Workplace as a Gender Nonconforming Individual
People often find comfort in black-and-white thinking. While choosing from two clearly defined categories might seem easy, the truth is, it rarely serves you well. Rather than black and white, the world is largely composed of shades of gray, or even different colors entirely — this is especially true when it comes to gender. To apply this-or-that thinking to gender is to deny the existence and experiences of a broad range of individuals: those who are genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, gender nonconforming or anything between or outside the male/female gender spectrum.
If you identify as a member of one of those groups, you may be all too familiar with that sort of thinking, including at work. It’s not always easy to be an LGBTQ+ individual in the workplace, and identifying outside of the traditional gender spectrum comes with its own unique challenges. You might find your preferred pronouns, attire and expression being invalidated, unintentionally or not, by your colleague… Read More