Posted by Craig Goplen on Aug 17, 2021

Craig Goplen hosted Elmaz Wilder, whom he described as an important leader in our community, & owner / operator of Vernon’s Ritual Barbershop for the last four years.  Elmaz's pronouns are they/he and they spoke today about gender diversity.  Elmaz emphasized acceptance for everyone, and respect for the manner in which people wish to be addressed. "They" for example is not really uncommon, ie. "My cousin is in hospital," "Oh, how are they doing?" It is a pretty universal term, even back to writers such as Shakespeare.  Personal questions to cis or trans people about medications or surgical procedures are not appropriate in most conversations.  They thanked us for the opportunity to come and do some teaching and asked everyone to please be kind.