Yee Won Chong on Moving Beyond The Gender Binary

“I have experienced harassment in bathrooms all my life. So I go through a mental process whenever nature calls. To avoid the potential for harassment I would ask myself: do I come across guy enough to use the men’s bathroom. or do I feel threatened by the men in this place, that I would take the risk of being yelled at in the women’s bathroom, which happens often”

“If you don’t go through this mental process like I do, you’re most likely, cisgender.” 

–Yee Won Chong

In this talk, Yee Won Chong shares # on being an ally to people who are transgender.

  1. Assume that everyone knows what bathrooms they’re in.

  2. Do not assume that everyone goes by he or she.

  3. On invasive questions. Ask yourself, “Would I want someone to ask me that?”

  4. Do not tolerate anti-transgender remarks or humor

  5. Be open to thinking in entirely new ways. Start thinking outside the gender binary.

Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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