Up on Alberta Street in a shop named Gladys Bikes, Leah Benson and her crew have been steadily working on creating a gender-inclusive space that is welcoming of all people.
Their shop motto? You fit in here; we promise.
Leah has been making good on that promise by reaching out to transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people through a robust series of bicycle repair workshops, rides, and a bike team open to all named the Gladyators.
That’s why we’re excited to honor Leah Benson and Gladys Bikes at this year’s Oregonians Against Discrimination Luncheon on Thursday, April 25.
Leah first contacted Basic Rights Oregon to organize a Fair Workplace Training for Transgender Inclusion at her shop. Not only did she include staff from Gladys Bikes, but she recruited several other community bike shops in an effort to shift an industry that has been dominated by cisgender men and make every bike space an inclusive, affirming space.
In a time when the federal administration is actively stoking racism, xenophobia, and broadcasting its disregard for transgender people, Oregon needs more companies like Gladys Bikes to work with us toward a state where all Oregon workplaces are safe and affirming.
Tickets to this year’s Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, April 25 are still available, but they’re going fast.
Get your tickets now to learn more about where Oregon is headed in the continued fight for LGBTQ equality and how you can help.