40 Under 40 Pgh Updates Nomination Form To Be More Trans Inclusive

Pittsburgh 40 Under 40

Since 1999, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP have teamed up to recognize young leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania through the ’40 Under 40′ initiative. I was among those honored in 2004 – one of three white lesbian and gay nominees.

Each year, I encourage people to submit names because I know it can have an impact. I posted the nomination form on FB over the weekend, urging my friends to nominate people from the queer community. A friend who was honored last year pointed something critical out – the nomination form required a gender to be assigned to the nominee, but only permitted male and female. This certainly isn’t adequate to support nominating individuals who identify as trans, genderqueer or non-conforming.

I reached out to Pittsburgh magazine on Sunday and today Monday, the form has been modified to add “Other” as an option for gender identity.

That’s imperfect, obviously, but it is a response and an expedient response. It suggests that the ’40 Under 40′ administrators are open to constructive dialogue around improving the cultural competency of their initiative.

As good leaders do.

I could name a dozen people that I’d nominate if I could. I need multiple me’s! I hope you’ll submit a name to make this more inclusive.

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