A 3-hour workshop delivered on campus at the University of Suffolk
Next date: TBC
In the past decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, non-binary, asexual, intersex, two-spirit, and queer (LGBTQ+ or queer) identities and expressions have gained a great deal of attention in academia, traditional and social media, and in political discourse.
It is estimated that the number of people identifying within these sexual and gender categories is increasing, bringing with it a great deal of diversity, especially around linguistics. The language surrounding queer identities and expressions is rapidly evolving to account for this diversity (e.g., they/them pronouns, neopronouns, emerging identity labels such as demisexual, agender, and sapiosexual, etc.). However, many systems and organisations have not yet adapted to these changes, which creates structural challenges for queer people whose identities and lived experiences are not yet fully recognised and thus erased.
This three-hour workshop will highlight the importance of recognising and respecting people’s autonomy in naming their own gender and sexual identities, which can shift and transform at any given point as our identities and sense of self, and the language surrounding them, are always in a constant process of becoming.
Dr Sebastian Cordoba will define and show real-life examples illustrating this linguistic and material diversity, plurality, and fluidity. There will be two main group activities which will elicit constructive discussions among participants. Dr Cordoba will outline some of his research on linguistic misrepresentations and their psychological impacts on non-binary people. Key concepts such as misgendering, deadnaming, and misnaming will be discussed in the context of providing some useful tools to become a trans- and queer-affirming ally.
Introduction and inclusion and exclusion activity
Key definitions and evidence with group discussion activity
Tools and recommendations
This course is ideal for
• HR professionals
• Learning and Development Officers
• Those supporting students within the education sector
• Employees wanting to gain a better understanding of gender issues to be able to be an ally to colleagues
Lecturer in Psychology
£150 per attendee - 10% discount for UOS Alumni or Suffolk Chamber members
When attending the workshop on the University of Suffolk campus, please allow plenty of time before the start of the course to get parked (if necessary), collect your visitor pass and reach the room.