Event description

Showing Up White (and other forms of privilege) with Jess Pettitt


Jess introduces the concepts that the user or learner can utilize in their own lives immediately specifically addressing whiteness, passing, and privilege. Regardless of each participant’s identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. Spend an hour reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.

By being Good Enough Now, we get to do the best we can with what we have some of the time because that is better than nothing never. This reality is at the intersection of good activism, leadership, and solid diversity work. Jess‘s approach takes these “professional development” tools and connects them to your whole life – from grocery store parking lots to challenging customers to frustrating co-workers all the way to self doubt – together we can use “personal tools” and be Good Enough Now.

Rescheduled class from our virtual conference. Free to attend, donations to BUTCH Voices gladly accepted. Zoom info for this workshop will be sent by email to attendees who register on the event ticket page.

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BUTCH Voices aims to be an inclusive and welcoming space for folks to engage and connect with others across the myriad of gender and sexuality communities in anti-oppressive and intentional ways. We value and hold space for self-identification, encourage dialogue about difficult topics, and often intentionally seek these conversations out for our workshops. BUTCH Voices has created a set of community guidelines for fostering respectful, compassionate spaces for all participants and presenters while engaging with one another at our conference and events.

Our virtual events will have butch/MoC folks at the center of the conversations. Allies are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please be mindful about the time and space we each take up during the event. As any BUTCH Voices event: BIPOC, trans folks of all identities, people with disabilities, and those at the intersections of these and other marginalized communities are centered and prioritized.

BUTCH Voices Netiquette:

In order to foster a positive community environment, please express your points of view and opinions with mutual respect and avoid the use of terms and adjectives that are derogatory. BUCTH Voices centers BIPOC folks in our leadership, presenters, performers, volunteers, and attendees. Racism, colorism, discrimination based on documentation status, anti-feminism/anti-womanism, transphobia, femmephobia, biphobia, ableism will not be tolerated. BUTCH Voices fosters diversity, inclusion and promotes respect for others, gender identify and pronouns; engage in respectful dialogue; assume best intent of others; take care of yourself; and let us know if you don’t feel safe. Please follow these guidelines during our virtual events, including our upcoming virtual conference, to make it a success.

Virtual Attendance Guidelines:

This event is for adults over 18 only. In order to comply with Zoom’s terms of services, participants must be fully clothed if on camera. No recordings or screenshots are permitted. Tips for using Zoom: you can change your screen name to a preferred name, and add your pronouns there. We encourage folks to turn your camera on, so that we can connect with each other visually. Set aside the time to be fully present if you are able. We know that folks are multi-tasking, but we want to take the time to really connect. We value this time together as butches/MoC folks, and need these spaces in the best of times, much less during a pandemic. We will ask folks to post questions in chat, and use the raise hand function to monitor folks’ participation so that our conversations go smoothly. BUTCH Voices is a trans inclusive, anti-oppressive space. If participants don’t respect one another, they will be asked to leave. Full stop.

Questions? Contact Joe@BUTCHVoices.com.