You’ve Got Lael Episode 38: Deconstructing Gender with Tristan Katz (they/them) Part 1

Exploring our gender is an important way to know ourselves and show up in a conscious and embodied way for each other.

There is a lot of confusion, avoidance, and ignorance when it comes to exploring and understanding gender. At least that was true for me. I really hadn't thought much about my gender until my kids came out as trans.

That's common for those who hold identities that align with the norms of our dominant culture. When we "fit in" we don't have to consider certain aspects of ourselves or our impact on others. That's how privilege works. It makes us blind to our own privilege!

Now, through my kids, I'm seeing a world of people living their truth and fighting for the right to be seen and to live. It's time for those of us who have never explored our gender, to do so. For our sake and for others.

To lead us through this exploration, I turned to my friend and colleague Tristan Katz. We had so much to talk about that I broke our conversation into two parts.

Enjoy this opportunity to get curious! And as always, let me know what stood out for you.

About Tristan:

Tristan Katz (they/them) is a writer, digital strategist, and equity-inclusion facilitator based on the ancestral land of the Cowlitz and Clackamas peoples and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Siletz Indians, now known as Portland, OR. 

Tristan offers education and consulting centered around queer identity and trans awareness with an anti-oppression and intersectional lens along with justice-focused marketing programs for yoga and wellness professionals.

Their podcast, ALL THE F*CK IN: Showing up for social justice in your work, is a collaboration with Lauren Roberts, featuring conversations about all things business and entrepreneurship—from a radical perspective that says we don’t have to choose between social justice values and being successful.

Tristan was named one of Yoga Journal’s 2021 Game Changers and they were awarded the Reclamation Ventures grant in Spring 2021 to expand their offerings and dedicate time to writing their first book, title forthcoming.

They are proud to sit on the Board of Directors at Accessible Yoga—a non-profit working, through education and advocacy, to share the teachings and benefits of yoga with those who have been marginalized, and to identify and remove barriers to access, build strong networks, and advocate for an accessible, equitable, and dynamic yoga culture.








Sylvia Duckworth - social identities wheel

Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Kimberlee Crenshaw - on intersectionality

Alok Vaid-Menon

Beyond the Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

Betina Love's Vimeo: Ally vs Co-conspirator

Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression 

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This episode is brought to you by Lael Petersen Coaching. Lael provides dynamic coaching for people who want to know themselves on a deeper level, shift outdated habits, and live their lives with purpose. If you are tired of talking about your problems and ready to grow and change, let's talk!

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Song Credit: In Another Place by Isaac Elliott