Oregon has made tremendous progress in creating safe and affirming workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. However, more than 90 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming people report experiencing harassment or discrimination at work. The Fair Workplace Project for Transgender Inclusion works to improve the experience of transgender people in the workplace.

We offer employers fee-for-service trainings on how to create an inclusive workplace, known as Fair Workplace 101. The program is designed to build a shared discourse around transgender identities, using narrative to detangle concepts such as sex and gender. From there, attendees will receive training on their specific roles as allies to their transgender co-workers and clients, including conversations around pronouns, facilities, and transitioning.

Our training program is flexible, and modifications to our content are often made based on the profile of your organization and the specific audience being trained. We are able to provide our training to most any audience. Contact trainings@basicrights.org  for more information.

Meet Our Trainers

Our trainers bring several decades of combined experience to the table, having worked with numerous companies, non-profits, and grassroots organizations. Everyone has a strong background in and knowledge of facilitation, outreach, and work with diverse communities, and an ability to build an accessible, shared conversation around inclusive workplaces.

Kieran Chase, Transgender Justice Program Manager

Jo X. Doyle, Leadership Development Program Manager

Menu of Services

Below are summaries of the trainings we offer. For a detailed description of all services offered, please email trainings@basicrights.org

All of our trainings open with the Transgender Inclusion training, our 1 hour introduction to being competent allies to transgender people. From there, you can decide on additional trainings that are most useful for your needs.

Transgender Inclusion 

Our flagship training, Transgender Inclusion will start attendees on their journey to being competent allies to transgender people. This program is equipped to highlight inclusion practices based on the needs of our client, such as for transgender co-workers, students, clients, and more. We know that in order to make impactful change, we must guide attendees in looking at the impacts and limitations of society’s concepts of masculinity and femininity and how gender identity functions both within and beyond these concepts. 

Transgender Inclusion: Patient Services in Healthcare

Building off the core Transgender Inclusion training, this module focuses on improving the experience of trans folks in accessing healthcare. Attendees will learn about the numerous barriers trans folks experience in accessing both gender affirming care and routine care unrelated to being trans. With a focus on patient-facing interactions and documentation, trainers will work with attendees to identify pressure points such as mismatched names in medical records, discussing sex specific care respectfully, applying trauma informed care practices, and more.

Transgender Inclusion: Human Resources

Building off the core Transgender Inclusion training, our HR module is designed for smaller groups of HR professionals to work closely with our trainers to consider specific changes to HR policies and discuss their implementation. Basic Rights Oregon will provide specific guidance and feedback regarding existing proposals, and present additions or alternatives as they see fit. Topics may include creating transition plans, restroom access, implementation of pronoun-related policies, staff trainings and expectations, and more.

Transgender Inclusion: Customer Service

Building off the core Transgender Inclusion training, our customer service module is designed to support teams of all size in improving their interactions with transgender and gender non-conforming customers and clients. This module discusses best practices for phone conversations and in-person interactions and equips attendees with basic skills to address bias and de-escalate instances of oppression.

Transgender Inclusion 201

Designed to be discussion-focused for smaller audiences, this is a follow-up to any transgender inclusion training. This session will introduce more advanced gender models, transmisogyny, and focus on client-specific discussion. This module is highly customizable.

LGBTQ Movement and Skill-Building Trainings

In addition to our main transgender inclusion trainings, Basic Rights Oregon hosts a suite of LGBTQ Movement and Skill-Building trainings. Below are two samples.

Interrupting Oppressive Moments

Allyship takes many forms, but at its core, allyship can mean acting against oppression when you see it. This workshop focuses on the sorts of oppression that marginalized people experience every day at the hands of individuals. Attendees will first discuss where interpersonal oppression exists in relationship to a broad understanding of oppression, and the spectrum of interpersonal actions ranging from microaggressions to acts of violence. From there, attendees will act out prescribed scenarios under the direction of workshop facilitators, and practice actually interrupting oppressive act as they happen, and/or following up with the person who was attacked in an appropriate and supportive way.

“On These Shoulders We Stand”: LGBTQ History in Politics

Oregon has a uniquely painful history of hateful attacks against the LGBTQ community, one deeply intertwined with a national political climate of hate much like the one we see today. This module will walk attendees through the cascade of anti-LGBTQ ballot measures in Oregon starting in the late 1980’s, through the victories and struggles of today, drawing lessons and highlighting the deeply intersectional nature of our movement since the beginning.

Contact our Fair Workplace Training Team team for more information at trainings@basicrights.org 

Curriculum Examples