Hummingbird Hour

Beyond Pronouns

 

Hummingbird Humanity videos now with captioning.

In this episode, Ben and Bryce discussed. . .

  • Current anti-transgender bills across the U.S. and their impact

  • The difference between “surface level” vs. structural/system-level support for the trans community and how to focus efforts on the latter

  • Ways to show support for & dedication to your trans employees through benefits offerings – specifically thinking about how to support gender transition for your employees – and inclusive policies that center around the importance of language

  • Understanding the different needs of various communities within the broader LGBTQ+ community, and how to best serve each group to meet everyone’s unique needs which helps to create truly inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive

           Bryce J. Celotto (he/him) is a Black, queer, transmasculine professional with a decade of experience in education, social justice advocacy, political strategy, youth organizing and leading Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives. Bryce is the Founder and Chief JEDI Officer at Swarm Strategy – a comprehensive justice, equity, diversity and inclusion consulting firm rooted in anti-racism practices and the history and tradition of Black Southern storytelling, community organizing and collective care.

           At Swarm, Bryce leads and supports non-profit organizations and corporate clients through transformative workshops rooted in anti-oppression and anti-racism. Bryce also focuses on long term strategy work to create impactful structural changes and to build equitable workplace cultures.

           Prior to starting Swarm, Bryce led DEI initiatives at Brown University in the Education Department, where he also earned his Masters degree in Education. His proven track record of success includes service on state-wide policy coalitions and training thousands of people nationwide on civic engagement, inclusion in the classroom, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice. As a former classroom teacher, historian, policy advocate, military veteran, and program manager Bryce brings his experience and expertise from all walks of his life to examine injustice and inequity. His advocacy has been featured in national news publications such as The Huffington Post, CNN and the New York Times.

           Ben Greene is a graduate of Brandeis University and a DEI professional. As one of the only out transgender people in his town, he became established as a go-to source of information about the trans community and fell in love with advocacy and education. After giving a TEDx talk in the spring of 2019, he decided to pursue advocacy work full time and now speaks at companies internationally about how to improve the inclusivity of their workplace. He is originally from Weston, Connecticut and is spending his time in quarantine reading, playing the ukulele, and writing a book! 

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