Using inclusive language helps people feel valued and welcomed within our union, the labour movement, and our communities. By using gender inclusive language, we’re not only showing that we value inclusion, but we’re also promoting gender equity for all.
We’re proud to launch PSAC’s Gender Inclusive Language Toolkit on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and at the beginning of Pride season, in which we celebrate the activism, advocacy and resilience of LGBTQ2+ communities.
This toolkit is designed to help members, elected leaders and staff interact in a way that respects and celebrates our unique and diverse gender identities
According to the 2020 Public Service Employee Survey results, 21 per cent of gender diverse respondents indicated that they were victims of harassment on the job, compared to 10 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women. This demonstrates that the workplace is still not a safe place for trans, two-spirit and non-binary employees.
People should feel safe and supported regardless of their gender identity. This toolkit outlines the small but tangible steps we can all take to be more inclusive because respecting pronouns and gender identity is for everyone.
The toolkit arises from the “Gender Inclusive Terms” resolution adopted at the 2018 PSAC National Triennial Convention. Resolution GEN 18/100 called on PSAC to “find and implement alternative, more inclusive terms” and to “educate the membership on the importance of inclusivity in greetings.”
You can also download and print a brief one-pager to post on the union bulletin board in your workplace or share as a handout at events. This companion piece gives readers an overview of the topic and encourages them to learn more with the full toolkit.