Generation Z, which consists of young people born after 1995, is poised to be the most racially diverse, formally educated, digitally engaged, and politically motivated generation yet. According to trend casting reports, these young people are also more likely than previous generations to reject traditional notions of gender and sexuality. In fact, the J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group reports(1) that:
- 56% of Generation Z youth know someone who uses gender neutral pronouns
- 52% of Generation Z youth surveyed by the group identify their sexual orientation as something other than completely heterosexual
But it doesn’t stop there - Generation Z’s penchant for inclusivity and expansion extends to entities providing goods and services to the public. A 2018 Pew Research Center study found “[a]bout six-in-ten Gen Zers (59%) say forms or online profiles should include additional gender options, compared with half of Millennials, about four-in-ten Gen Xers and Boomers (40% and 37%, respectively)…”(2)
But where do we begin to understand these seemingly new schemas of identity? The answers may surprise you. In this Supporting Gender Journeys in the Workplace panel, we discuss how notions of gender are moving beyond the binary and offer simple yet effective tools employers can utilize to cultivate a safer work place for LGBTQ+ employees.