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ANONYMOUS, STAFF

April 2021

WHAT MAKES ME ME?

 

Hi there! I'm a staff member that many of you have seen around the building and I love being here!

One of the things that make my family unique, that you don't see with my job, is that my partner is transgender and nonbinary. That means that they don't identify as the gender they were assigned when they were born. We get a lot of looks when we are out and about. In a big city, it might not be a big deal but in a small(er) community like this, some people might think, "Oh, I don't think I've ever seen someone like that except in movies or television."

One of the ways this affects my partner regularly is when asked to fill out forms. They don't use "Miss/Mrs./Ms." or even "Mr." on their forms. Most forms ask for "Male/Female." As a nonbinary person, none of these terms fit them, and it's a constant reminder that "society doesn't have a spot for you yet." I'm sometimes asked if I have a husband — the answer really is just that I have a spouse.

I don't mind answering questions when the questions are honest and sincere, and neither does my partner if the questions aren't invasive or too personal. But if you have a question to ask, it's always a good idea to start with, "Do you mind answering a question I have about your being non-binary/trans?" Sometimes they have had a hard day or a bad experience earlier in the day, and it's not a good time.

So, diversity comes in many different ways and avenues, some that are seen and some that are unseen. It's good to be here and I hope that sharing this gives you something to think about in the Unity Council.

Media Inquiries
Mitchell Roush , Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


 

ANONYMOUS, STAFF

April 2021

WHAT MAKES ME ME?

 

Hi there! I'm a staff member that many of you have seen around the building and I love being here!

One of the things that make my family unique, that you don't see with my job, is that my partner is transgender and nonbinary. That means that they don't identify as the gender they were assigned when they were born. We get a lot of looks when we are out and about. In a big city, it might not be a big deal but in a small(er) community like this, some people might think, "Oh, I don't think I've ever seen someone like that except in movies or television."

One of the ways this affects my partner regularly is when asked to fill out forms. They don't use "Miss/Mrs./Ms." or even "Mr." on their forms. Most forms ask for "Male/Female." As a nonbinary person, none of these terms fit them, and it's a constant reminder that "society doesn't have a spot for you yet." I'm sometimes asked if I have a husband — the answer really is just that I have a spouse.

I don't mind answering questions when the questions are honest and sincere, and neither does my partner if the questions aren't invasive or too personal. But if you have a question to ask, it's always a good idea to start with, "Do you mind answering a question I have about your being non-binary/trans?" Sometimes they have had a hard day or a bad experience earlier in the day, and it's not a good time.

So, diversity comes in many different ways and avenues, some that are seen and some that are unseen. It's good to be here and I hope that sharing this gives you something to think about in the Unity Council.

Media Inquiries
Mitchell Roush , Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
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