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.
Assume that everyone knows what bathrooms they’re in.
Do not assume that everyone goes by he or she.
On invasive questions. Ask yourself, “Would I want someone to ask me that?”
Do not tolerate anti-transgender remarks or humor
Be open to thinking in entirely new ways. Start thinking outside the gender binary.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW