Day 30 – Practice micro-inclusions all year long



It’s the last day of our #30DaysOfAction series. We are grateful to everyone who read these posts and took actions to support (other) trans and non-binary individuals and our families. To close this year’s series, we would like to talk about micro-inclusions.

You may have heard of micro-aggressions. They can be defined as “indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group,” and they happen a lot to transgender and non-binary individuals and our families.

FORGE encourages people to counteract micro-aggressions through micro-inclusions. These are little symbolic actions that “recall our humanity…and signal to those at the margins they are included.” They can be both extremely small – eye contact and a smile – and extremely powerful. They may include body language in which you lean forward toward someone, a consensual hug, a self-introduction that includes your pronouns and invites someone to share theirs. They can include making sure there is trans literature available in your (or your provider’s!) waiting room. They can include noticing when (another) trans/non-binary person is showing resilience, and making a point of affirming them. They can include saying something positive about trans people whenever you (over)hear something negative being said. Whenever you positively acknowledge trans or non-binary individuals, you are practicing a micro-inclusion.

Many of the #30daysofaction also count as a micro-inclusion. We started Day 1 with “reach out”: connect with (another) trans person you know by message, text, or even phone whenever you think about them, including (especially) when hard stuff is in the news. Other micro-inclusions don’t require direct, person-to-person contact. That sign in the bathroom that acknowledges that gender non-conforming people have a right to use bathrooms (Day 9) – that’s a micro-inclusion for any trans or non-binary person who may use that bathroom. Social media posts that relate to trans people or issues (Day 12) – those are micro-inclusions.

Countering violence and trauma affecting trans and non-binary people and our families is not necessarily hard work. It can be as simple as a smile, a word, a symbol, a poster. Aim to do a micro-inclusion every day, and you will be participating in changing the world.

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