I think I’m getting rather attached to these short working weeks 😋 More time outside walking with the hounds and the Every Lovely Mrs J. Plus, occasional sunshine and stopping for coffee.
I had Thursday morning off to run an online talk. A local government organisation had got in touch with Chams a few months back and asked for a workshop. After quizzing them about their needs and hopes about the session, we agreed a two hour event and that’s helped put some money in the group’s bank account.
I’m never quite sure how such things will go and there was the usual touch of middle class guilt about hoping said customers would get their money’s worth. However, such worries came to naught as the group were interested, chatty, and involved. I had some slides PPT together to give us some inspiration, but usually, once you draw folk in and they feel safe to talk, discussion begins.
While it feels good to help the group out financially, it’s so much more than that. I feel you are helping folk shape their policies towards better rights for trans people, and you give them a space where they can ask anything. The point is to satisfy their curiosity or their concerns in a non hostile way. It feels like a win for all parties.
To a large extent, you are pushing on an open door as folk who attend such things tend to be open minded and want to learn more. Yes, there are some difficult questions, but – and thankfully – I’ve yet to hear any outright hostility or disrespectful comments to colleagues.
Plus, you get to hear firsthand the thoughts and concerns non trans folk have. Hearing such things is great when it’s done with kindness and curiosity. Much better than the win/lose of social media, IMO. With that in mind, it’s not about X is right, Y is wrong, but looking behind those worries or being able to explore then safely. That and, as I often say, we’re more alike as people than some would have us think. Our stories as humans have a lot of commonality, even if each person who shares is unique.