We want to create a space for generative conversation around gender identity and trans inclusion to support increased understanding and an alternative to a ‘who is right’ debate.
The labels and language used in discussions of gender identity are painful, polarising and continue the cycles of disconnection. On mainstream media, participants are selected to create the most polarised opinions.
We want to offer an embodied experience, a different way of hearing what’s important and what’s painful for people. We want to create an experience of mutual understanding, greater togetherness and collective power. We want a sense of progress and greater awareness of the pain of this polarisation and a greater commitment to having this conversation differently.
The Conflict Transformation Weave are hosting a conversation in January with 4-5 people who have strong views around gender identity and are also able to hear and be curious about others. We are looking for another person to join our conversation. We acknowledge that everyone has a different relationship to this discussion, with various degrees of painful impact. We want to find a more healing way forward.
We have 3 participants so far – a trans male; a woman concerned about the impact of gender questioning on teenage girls; and a cis male parent of a young trans woman (descriptions based on how participants self identify).
We are looking for a 4th participant who resonates with these questions.
- Are you worried that the focus on trans inclusion might mean losing women only spaces?
- Are you needing people to see that growing up in a male body can include being conditioned as male?
- Are you concerned that the essence and struggles of feminism, as you see them, are under threat?
If you might be willing to step forward to be part of this, please let us know by end December 2022.
Viv & Ceri