How to be inclusive beyond Pride month | Opinion
Some quick hints and tips:Avoid setting hard quotas on gender, particularly if it means you need to screen out. Allow for more options than only ‘male’ and ‘female’, such as ‘non-binary’, ‘prefer not to say’, and ‘other’ as a minimumPlease, please, please – don’t use gender stereotypical images/colours… i.e. an icon of a pink girl for female, and a blue boy for maleBe particularly careful when talking about health, the body, etc. Remember, for example, not all women have female body parts, and vice versa – we shouldn’t exclude these people from our sampleRead through questionnaires, screeners, discussion guides, etc and double-check your language is inclusive. Are you accidentally assuming gender, sexuality, lifestyle choices, or anything else? For example, one not LGBTQ+ related – the widely used term ‘pre-family’ assumes that person wants, or doesn’t currently have a family. Hands up who has a pet who is more like family than anyone else!Try not to assume people’s pronouns, whether it’s clients, respondents, colleagues, anyone. Don’t be afraid to ask! An easy way is to include pronouns in the usual ‘round table’ of introductions. “Hi, I’m Bethan, my pronouns are she/her, I’m an analytics director at Boxclever, and I’ll be responsible for the geeky maths parts of this project”. It’s that easy!Don’t be afraid to challenge clients on using inclusive language, screening, etc. – if you explain why, they’ll more than likely come around to the idea. I’ve also been told many a time in the past that clients respect it when they are challenged, too – it shows you’re on the ball.
Tips to be inclusive for LGBTQ+ community