I have been delivering workshops, seminars and keynote presentations on the issues around Sex, Gender and Equality for over 10 years during which time we have in the UK undergone the most comprehensive changes in equality law and practice in our history. As a result of this, the content of my presentations has been in a constant state of change.
The current economic climate in the UK has also contributed to that change process encouraging organisations to seek better ways to achieve their equality and diversity objectives with increasingly constrained budgets. If you are here to see if I may be able to assist you, I hope you will find the information on this page helpful.
If you have come to this page because you have attended a workshop, and are looking for additional information or to refresh your understanding of what was addressed in the training please go to the Sex Gender and Equality Page.
When I started delivering diversity training, my main focus through GenderShift was on Trans Awareness and implication of the Gender Equality Duty which for the first time make training on this topic essential. Over the past few years demand has changed significantly. The Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality duty has led to a demand for broader based training.
The Trans Awareness Workshop, which you may have attended, always addressed sexual orientation issues, because this has, and still is, an area of confusion. Many people don't understand that Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation are different for example a trans woman may change gender from male to female, but still want a relationship with a woman or a trans man may have identified as a lesbian before changing gender and now identifies as a heterosexual man.
However I found that clients were increasingly asking for me to deal more extensively with sexual orientation because budget restraints meant that it was not possible to justify separate training on the two issues. As a result my workshops changed and I now work with clients to develop content that is tailored to the needs of their organisations requirements.
I work with a wide variety of organisations with differing needs and objectives. Whilst most are public sector organisations particularly local authorities, housing associations, criminal justice and health organisations, the staff in those organisations have very different needs depending on the kid of service users they engage with. I work with all clients to agree training objectives for their staff and then bring together appropriate content modules. For example HR staff and managers are often more concerned with issues of on job transition and workplace discrimination, while community safety staff are more concerned with issues around homophobia and transphobia. Social services and health care staff are often more concerned with how people cope with being trans or gay.
In order to achieve these differing objectives and outcomes, I make the training very interactive, encouraging participants to ask questions. That may seem obvious, but my experience shows that people are often reluctant to ask questions on this topic. Gender is the second more common cause of bullying, behind body shape and I have found that many men especially are even reluctant to attend a workshop that deals with transgender and sexual orientation issues. Over 80% of participants on my workshops have been female and there will always be more women than men on a workshop unless attendance it is compulsory.
Whatever the content the primary objectives of the Sex, Gender and Equality workshops will be to help participants to:
These objectives will be expanded to incorporate specific objectives of your organisation and discussions, case studies and scenarios will draw on examples appropriate to the needs of the participants.
If you would like to make an initial inquiry about training workshops for your staff on issues of Sex, Gender Reassignment and Sexual Orientation please use this form and provide as much information as possible.