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Marni and I spoke about pronouns and how you are showing respect to someone by using them. But, also the importance of everyone sharing their pronouns.
Marni Panas leads the Diversity and Inclusion team with one of Canada's largest employers. She holds a degree in Health Administration and a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional designation. Marni has contributed to legislation and policy protecting human rights for individuals at the provincial and federal levels in Canada. She was a member of the Advisory Committee that helped draft the apology that Prime Minister Justine Trudeau delivered to LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada in the House of Commons in November 2017. Marni is also a transgender woman, who has been very transparent throughout her journey in the hopes of fostering acceptance through education and respectful dialogue. You can hear Marni in local and national media and she has made appearances on CNN and the BBC. You can also learn more about Marni in her TEDxYYC talk called “Finding Courage, Conquering Fear”.
You can find Marni here:
Marni’s Tedx talk “Finding Courage, Conquering Fear” https://youtu.be/vSAk32W_wg0
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International Pronoun Day
This year was yesterday October 20th
International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. International Pronouns Day began in 2018 and takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year. Individuals and groups will participate in grassroots activities that they determine at the local level. https://pronounsday.org/
Jesse and I spoke about stereotypes and not fitting them, and about how having a supportive family doesn’t necessarily make it easier to come out. We also talked about being comfortable being who you are.
Jesse Ringer is a gay man living in Vancouver, BC with his husband. He runs a successful digital marketing agency, which he launched in 2017 called Method and Metric, an SEO agency that helps organizations turn their website into a powerful revenue-generating tool. Having bootstrapped his business from the ground up, Jesse and his team have built up a roster of international clients.
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