On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, EBDN held a session about Sexual and Gender Diversity. We were thrilled to have Marni Panas, a Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion at Alberta Health Services, speaking at this session.
Marni was part of the work that led to gender identity and gender expression being added as protected grounds to Alberta and Canada’s Human Rights Acts. Most recently she was a member of the Advisory Committee that helped draft the apology that Prime Minister Justine Trudeau delivered to LGBTQ+ people in Canada in the House of Commons on November 28, 2017 for discrimination and injustices faced by this community as a result of federal legislation, policies and programs.
Throughout this session, Marni shared her personal journey as a transgender woman and the challenges and barriers she faced along the way. Members were able to challenge their understandings about the realities that LGBTQ+ people face on a daily basis and how as employers we can create a safe and supportive environment. New and expanded terminology relating to the LGBTQ+ community and skills for communicating with this population on a meaningful and respectful manner were some of the important takeaways for our members.
Marni was filmed during this session as she is the Global News Edmonton: Woman of Vision for May!
In addition, Marni has a TED Talk where she shares information on her journey as transgender woman.