VIDEO: Laverne Cox Talks About Transfolk, Race, Class & Acceptance
I spend a great deal of my time talking to wedding professionals about same-sex couples (which may or may not include our trans- brothers and sisters because many identify as being in opposite-sex relationships), but I also strive to introduce my listeners on the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity and the pervasive role of gender norms and expectations in the expressions of wedding ritual. If you are going to make reference to the ‘LGBT’ or ‘LGBTQ’ community, I say, I do hope you’ll understand the terms you are using.
I also talk about the importance of listening to couples (and individuals) to hear how they identify, and to learn more about their particular needs when it comes to designing a meaningful wedding ritual for themselves. This is especially true when you are working with a trans- or queer-identified person or couple.