So, my boss is teaching a class "about transgenders"...
My boss mentioned at a staff meeting today that she would be teaching a class "about transgenders" at an upcoming industry conference. To be clear, it wasn't like a passing statement between two people that I overheard. It was a part of her statement to the entire staff about the upcoming conference that she would be attending.
The word "transgenders" struck me as a little tone deaf, almost as if she said that she would be teaching a class "about blacks"
I know she means well, but I strongly suspect that she's out of her element.
I guess I'm wondering if I should offer to help. I'm by no means an expert, I'm not trans myself, but it seems like I may have some personal experience that she could benefit from. I identify as queer, I've dated trans people, and I try to be active in the movement for equality. This doesn't mean I know everything there is to know, but I know what I've experienced and heard from my friends and partners.
At least I feel that I should ask her if she knows any trans people personally that she could run her teaching materials by, before she presents them to a room full of people... Many minority groups are pushing for a sort of "nothing about us without us" stance and I think that could apply here.
Am I overreacting?
Should I offer to help?
I've worked with my boss for a little over 6 years.
We don't really spend time together outside of working hours, but I did attend one of these industry conferences with her a few years ago.
We've had a pretty good working relationship for as long as I've known her, she tends to listen to and respect my point of view on most things that I've had to approach her about.
To the best of my knowledge the class will be a sort of sensitivity training, helping people in our industry work with and serve trans people.
The only real reason that I suspect that she's out of her element is the use of the word "transgenders"
I have no reason to believe that she is "virtue signaling" she doesn't tend to be outspoken about politics, race, gender, sexuality, or other such issues.
- (Though personally I find the implication that the only reason someone would speak to these issues is to serve their own ego a little offensive and I think it demonstrates a worldview that is generally wrong. If this is your opinion you're welcome to it, but I'm not interested in answers that focus on this misguided assumption.)