Support Pronouns on Nametags at Astrology Conferences

Support Pronouns on Nametags at Astrology Conferences

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Catherine Grubb started this petition to Astrological conferences worldwide!

 I had a great experience at NORWAC 2019. A lot my peers hand-wrote their pronouns on their conference badge next to our names. This seems like a small thing, but the positive effect this had on me, a non-binary astrologer and first-time NORWAC attendee, cannot be overstated. It put me instantly at ease with those peers, knowing that my gender was respected and welcomed openly. It made me feel safe at the conference to be surrounded by those folks, while before going I'd felt unsure about how my identity would be received in this space, and unsure about how open I'd be about it. Instead, it turned out to be one of the most affirming spaces I was in all year! I knew I was among friends. In large part, that was thanks to those pronouns on the name badges (and the humans who put them there). 

Now, I want this experience for all trans astrologers, or astrologers who may be questioning their gender identity! I want the astrology community to be a place of exceptional acceptance for trans people, and I absolutely know it can be. As a step towards this goal, I want to see astrology conferences provide a space on their badges to display pronouns. 

Bringing pronoun badges to conferences is one of the easiest ways to show support for our transgender colleagues – think of it as a little flag, one that says 'you're safe here and accepted.' It's a super easy way to show that the space is inclusive and supportive of transgender identities. When the conference provides these badges, rather than grassroots use by participates, it shows that this support is at the institutional level. It also gives individual not-transgender allies a small way to show support – the more people who use the badges, the more normalized it becomes for trans people to use pronouns on their own badges! This makes introducing yourself and being open with your identity a done deal right off the bat (SO relieving) with no agonizing about whether or not I should 'come out' as my gender. Also the fatigue of having to tell 100 new people each day your pronouns is actually quite exhausting (I'm sure you can imagine).

The purpose of this petition is just to show conferences who may not be familiar with this practice that there's a lot of support for it in the community. I think the only thing stopping conferences from adopting this is that organizers don't yet know that this is something attendees care about. So, let's show that we do!  Let's show that this idea has critical mass and that no one will be off-put by it or think it's weird, ha <3 

I would be happy to fundraise for this specifically if cost is a concern. Here's one really cheap solution - https://www.etsy.com/listing/751888551/bulk-1-pronoun-stickers

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