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Welcome to the CivicPRIDE Resource page! This page is intended to provide tangible resources and information to local government professionals looking to create more inclusive environments for their LGBTQIA+ residents and employees.

Relevant Definitions

These terms specifically came out of the Inclusion Summit that CivicPRIDE held virtually in June 2021.

  • Centering - Framing perspectives, forming cultural norms, and representing in the media based on the dominant narratives in society (heterosexual, male, cisgender, white, white-passing, etc.) 
  • Diversity - The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different backgrounds (race, gender, sexual orientation). The “composition” of an organization
    • Primary Diversity - traits that an individual typically cannot alter
      • Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity
    • Secondary Diversity - traits that could be changed
      • Personality type, economic status, geographic origin
  • Inclusion - How we take these unique differences and incorporate them into an organization. Diverse organizations that are also learning-centered that value and incorporate diverse perspectives and views and incorporate those views into all aspects of the organization
  • Intersectionality - The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage
  • Normatives - The designation of some actions or outcomes as good, desirable, or permissible and others as bad, undesirable, or impermissible

Take Action: Accept Ownership of Personal Biases

Take implicit bias tests, even semi-regularly to check in with yourself - https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

In addition to taking tests, some questions you can ask yourself to assess your biases professionally are:

  • Do I typically hire the same type of person?
  • When I say a candidate is not the right fit, what do I mean?
  • What does my slate of candidates look like? Do I speak up if it is not sufficiently diverse?
  • Who do I like to assign to work on—and lead—project teams? Do I have the same go-to people all or most of the time?
  • Who do I encourage to lead or speak out at meetings? Am I creating opportunities for those less extroverted to demonstrate their capabilities?
  • How do I identify candidates for promotion and succession?

Take Action: Professional Behaviors

Add preferred pronouns to your email signature and social media accounts.

Use gender neutral language.

  • Spouse or Partner vs. Husband/Wife/Boyfriend/Girlfriend
  • They vs. He/She

Don’t Assume - Ask questions, but only if you have a relationship with that person and stay appropriate. Research on your own if you can.

Take interest in your colleagues - bring up queer culture, media, icons, history, etc. (but stay appropriate!)

Listen - If someone says that something makes them uncomfortable, take that seriously and try your best to accommodate them/improve 

  • Take space/make space
  • WAIT - why am I talking?

Be Welcoming - It should be your goal to create a safe environment where employees and colleagues feel comfortable bringing up difficult topics

  • Recognize the effect of your power (real or perceived) in different spaces
  • Be mindful of how to mitigate power imbalances in discussions with others

Take Action: Policy Provisions

Improve forms.

  • Provide more gender selections than just male/female, if necessary at all 
  • Remove gendered language (he/she, husband/wife) 

Improve bathrooms.

  • Turn all single bathrooms into gender neutral bathrooms - If one has a urinal, just include that on the sign!
  • If there aren’t single bathrooms, this will take more creativity, time and money, but it is still important

Consider internal and external policy:

Assess/improve your organization using the Municipal Equality Index - https://www.hrc.org/resources/municipal-equality-index

Take Action: Stay Informed

CivicPRIDE suggests consuming as much diverse media as you can. This takes many forms - art, stories, shows, books, music, etc. The Board also recommends a few newsletters to stay up to date on LGBTQIA+ issues and victories.

The Outwords Archive

The 19th

CivicPRIDE's quarterly newsletter

 

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