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I hope to investigate and amplify the ways in which trans-masc and nonbinary individuals experience workplace gender inequity as perpetuated by their coworkers, supervisors, and working environments.
Interview seriesTo decenter myself as a cis ally and focus this project on amplifying lived experience, trans-masc voices, and meeting community need.
Critical Response Process
To design community-centered process, build community, and collect concentrated community feedback.
To accessibly and tangibly represent the experiences and voices of trans-masculine and nonbinary individuals.
SU 1/26 - SA 2/1
FocusOutreach: To connect with participants, schedule interviews, and solidify interview Q’s
Personal: To finalize content and begin understanding design
Key questionsHow do I refine my interview practice, centering humility, sensitivity, and empathy?
What am I asking of participants and why?
What are the variable scopes of my project?
(Project after semester of work; project after 6 months work in St. Louis; project after 1 year work in St. Louis)
Process + work
︎ Sample outreach message + project description
Initially, I envisioned my participants falling into three main categories: Trans-Masc Youth, Trans-Masc Workers in the Workplace, and Trans-Masc Community Leaders. However, as I’ve begun to better understand who my interviewers are, where they are coming from, and how my project will meet their need, I realize my starting categories are limiting: gender expression and social transitioning are fluid, not bound by age, and are not exclusive to just youth or just community leaders.
As my community of participants becomes more concrete, I’ve shifted my interviewing focus from asking “what exact identities do my participants hold?” to “what experiences may my participants have had?” In this way, my interview questions will seek to understand:
- Understanding experiences of gender inequity (related to gender expression + social transitioning)
- Understanding experiences as pertains to the workplace
- Understanding experiences of working in Queer organizations/LGBTQ+ affirming organizations
- Understanding met and unmet needs of participants
- Understanding their ideas for collaboration
︎ Daily schedule + weekly focus for next month
︎ Weekly schedule + focus for semester
SU 1/12 - SA 1/18
FocusTo understand the scope of my project
Key questionsWho is my key audience?
Why does this project matter (How does it differ from existing work?)
How can I center this project around lived experience + user testing?
Process + work︎ Select slides from introductory presentation
︎ In-class feedback
Potential Community Partnerships & Connections:
- MTUG (Metro Trans Umbrella Group)
- Feed the People Garden
- NCCJ St. Louis (National Conference for Community & Justice)
- Trans Education Service
- Black Pride
- Lot’s Chaplaincy
- Drag Performers
- SQSH (St. Louis Queer Support Helpline)
- PROMO (Missouri Statewide LGBTQ Advocacy)
- STLAVP (St. Louis Anti-Violence Project)
- Growing American Youth
Avenues for Participant Engagement:
- Interview, sharing trans-masc lived experiences (assessing community need)
- Feedback, reviewing project (assessing tone and output)
- Publicizing, utilizing community connections to share project with others and amplify voices (greater outreach & large-scope lifelong project)
Next stepsMeeting with professor mentors to discuss content
Refining project scope
Outreach to community members for participation