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facilitated by Ashley Heidebrecht, LMSW
Identifying Your Bias
In Module 1, we examined history and the creation of narratives and bias. Now it is time to look at how those narratives and bias impact you, your beliefs, and the way you view and interact with the world.
Implicit Association/Bias Tests
Why is participating in these tests important? In order to get the most out of this training, you have to be willing to reflect on your own identity and beliefs. These implicit association tests are a jumping off point to do just that. Your results may surprise you.
These activities require some hand dexterity to press keyboard keys quickly. If you are blind or low-vision, please note that the Implicit Association Tests may not be compatible with screed readers. If you are unable to complete these activities due to any of those reasons, we apologize and do ask that you please proceed to the next section of this module.
The tests you need to complete are:
There may be additional survey questions before and after each test. These are not required for the purposes of this training, and you can click "skip" for each question if you do not want to participate. The total time to complete these tests will be approximately 20 minutes.
Pause to Reflect
What was your experience like completing the Implicit Association Tests? Did you feel stressed? Anxious? What were your thoughts while reading your results? Were you surprised? Upset? Or, were your results what you expected?
There are many ways that our anti-LGBTQ+ narratives and bias transform into discrimination and abuse. In this video we'll be talking about some of those ways, and particularly examining health and mental health care.
As you view the content in this section, there is a very important point I encourage you to keep in mind. LGBTQ+ people aren't the cause of this discrimination and abuse. The fact that they are LGBTQ+ isn't the problem. The problem is that our society's reaction to difference, to someone being outside the norm, is abusive and violent. The problem is that as a society it has historically been viewed as more acceptable to actively discriminate and dehumanize a person who does not conform to our rigid social norms, than it is for two men to have a loving partnership and raise children together, or a person born with male genitalia to identify and express themself as a woman. While there is no doubt these paradigms are shifting, heteronormativity, homophobia, and transphobia still persist.
Reflect back on that question that was posed in Module 1: Who has the right to tell you your existence is invalid?
Now let's look at personal stories outlining some of the many other ways our narratives and bias transform into discrimination and abuse. Listening to or seeing the lived experiences of others is a crucial part of not only becoming an ally, but also in better understanding ourselves.
This year, in 2020, over 350 transgender people were killed worldwide, a figure that has risen since last year’s total of 331.
The annual global list is released for Transgender Day of Remembrance, held on November 20 each year. The list shows that this year the average age of those killed was 31, with the youngest just 15.
While a fifth (22%) of the transgender people murdered were killed inside their own house.
The majority of the murders happened in Central and South America, totaling 287. Like last year, the most deaths in a single country happened in Brazil, totaling 43% of global deaths (152 people).
In the United States and its territories, 37 murders have been counted. Please read their names below.
Neulisa Luciano Ruiz
Yampi Méndez Arocho
Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos
Layla Pelaez Sánchez
Penélope Díaz Ramírez
Helle Jae O’Regan
Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells
Brian “Egypt” Powers
Dior H Ova
Queasha D Hardy
Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears
Lea Rayshon Daye
Michelle Michellyn Ramos Vargas
Yunieski Carey Herrera
(Human Rights Campaign, 2020)