As a cisgendered bisexual, I used to take inclusivity for granted. Not intentionally mind you, but because I tend to blend into the crowd and people never even know that I am part of the LGBTQ+ community. I mean I am married to a guy, we have a son and I just never thought about how people who don’t fit society’s version of “typical” aren’t included in everyday things.
But 12 months ago, I was in a social media group that catered to creative biz owners and I was introduced to Mason Aid (They/Their/Them Pronouns.)
meet my friend mason.
Not to mention Mason started a Podcast!!! It’s called Aided. It’s amazing. You’ll love it!
Here are some of the kick-ass services they offer:
Consulting with businesses & organizations to ensure inclusivity in all of the company’s marketing, media and processes.
Speaking at schools, churches, and more to share their story about coming out and spread knowledge about becoming an active ally for the LGBTQIA+ Community.
Answering all your questions on their podcast (and IRL) so everyone can better understand the LGBTQ+ community.
holy shitballs did mason school me on being intentionally inclusive.
My biz was a hot mess when it came to inclusivity. I mean I didn’t have my preferred pronouns in my signature block, nor was I requesting pronouns from my clients. I was using heteronormative/gender-specific language like bride and groom (which is a total no-no BT Dubs, I like using couple and partner instead.)
But here’s the thing.
I wasn’t trying to exclude anyone in the LGBTQ+ community (I mean, for shit’s sake, I am a member of the community!) I was just ignorant of what I was doing, and how my actions were affecting fellow members of the community. I was just doing what I considered to be “normal”. Once I realized what I was doing I knew I had to change how I was interacting with everyone!
That’s when Mason taught me this about being intentionally inclusive…
Taking the steps to be inclusive (like asking for preferred pronouns and using gender-neutral language) makes a world of difference and makes LGBTQ+ couples feel safe and able to easily recognize that you respect them. Period.
And the funny thing (in a tragic/sad way) is cisgendered straight people won’t even notice you did anything.
Being a decent human is loving people for who they are and making them feel welcome no matter what!
So a few months back when Mason reached out to have me design a workbook for their PridePrep Masterclass I was ecstatic and jumped at the chance to help them out! The content in this workbook was EPIC!!!! Like life changing.