Pride Series Day 27 we talk to Gearah Goldstein. Gearah is an inclusion and diversity consultant and nationally-recognized LGBTQ subject matter expert who works tirelessly to focus on and illuminate the importance of discussing topics of race, gender,...
Inequity is something the trans community has been dealing with for a long time. It is something that people like Gearah and people before her fight to eradicate every day. We see inequity in not just big things like taking away trans healthcare, but other things like job access. As long as we continue to fight these battles we will win the war. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like we are moving very far very fast, but we need to continue to stay strong and fight together because we will be triumphant.
Meet Gearah Goldstein (she/her/hers)
Gearah is an inclusion and diversity consultant and nationally-recognized LGBTQ subject matter expert who works tirelessly to focus on and illuminate the importance of discussing topics of race, gender, ethnicity, age, equity, disability, acceptance, and understanding. Her transgender life experience and people-first attitude encourage a positive learning environment that opens hearts and minds. Gearah is warm, approachable, engaging and always finds ways to bring people together.
A main focus of her work involves training within businesses, organizations, government agencies, hospital networks, law-enforcement personnel, and schools. Her training curriculum employs best practices as outlined in the WPATH Standards of Care and HRC's Corporate Equality Index.
Gearah is frequently quoted in the media supporting the narrative of accepting and protecting people who identify within the LGBTQ community. Over the last several years, her visibility has reached millions of people around the world. She has been featured in influential national media including: The TODAY Show; The New York Times; Rolling Stone; ABC, CBS, NBC national news; The Chicago Tribune; NPR, and many other outlets.
Gearah is often invited to speak at professional conferences, universities, and schools.
She is also co-founder of The GenderCool Project, a national storytelling campaign that showcases successful and talented young people who identify as transgender. GenderCool is empowering the world to see diversity as positive and important.
As a community advocate, Gearah has trained more than 2,000 volunteers through Chicago's Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ center in the Midwest. In addition, she founded the Transfeminine Alliance Chicago, which meets weekly. She is also credited with bringing LGBTQ policies and procedures to school districts across the state of Illinois.
Gearah is committed to bringing positivity and visibility to your inclusion and diversity approach.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Race inequities
- Equity for LGBTQ+ people
- Title VII Decision
“Pride is about who we love and not who we fear.” – Gearah Goldstein
“This year I think the layers of Pride and the conversation of being the intersection of pride and race, sexual orientation and race, fluidity and race, it has changed and for the better.” Gearah Goldstein
“Many of us were afraid of the oppression we knew existed but we did not want to partake in as a participant.” – Gearah Goldstein
“There is nothing like fighting for rights as a person.” – Gearah Goldstein
Gender Cool Project
Brave Space Alliance
Gender Cool Project
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