As a cisgendered bisexual, I used to take inclusivity completely for granted. This was by no means intentional mind you. But to those who don’t really know me, I tend to blend into the hetero-crowd. I never thought about how people who don’t fit society’s version of “typical” aren’t included in everyday things. Like you know, equal rights and being able to be your true self!
However, 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.
Mason is an LGBTQ creative biz owner who is working to make the world a better place by teaching EVERYONE about being inclusive in their lives and businesses.
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 being inclusive of the LGBTQ Community. 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 language like bride and groom instead of the gender-neutral terms like couple and partner.
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!)
The problem was really that I was ignorant of how I was presenting myself and my biz. By just doing what was “normal” I was excluding everyone I wanted to help! 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 makes a world of difference to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Having your pronouns in your email signature, or requesting preferred pronouns make a huge difference. These small changes can help LGBTQ couples 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.
So, here is a little peek into Mason’s Pride Prep Masterclass Workbook…
Want to be more inclusive to the LGBTQ Community in your biz? Yes, I want to be more inclusive in my business and see how Mason can help me and my biz.