As a pundit for cable news, Jeffrey Marsh was the first openly nonbinary activist to appear on national television. Jeffrey is also the first nonbinary author with a "Big 5" publisher, Penguin Random House. Jeffrey’s best-selling self-esteem guide How To Be You, is an innovative, category-non-conforming work that combines memoir, workbook, and spiritual self-help. How To Be You topped O Magazine's Gratitude Meter and was named an Excellent Book of 2016 by TED-Ed.
Jeffrey is one of the world's foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a message of positivity and inclusion and a deep knowledge of queer issues and history. Jeffrey has reported on LGBTQ topics for TIME, Variety, Dutch National News channel RTL-TV, NewsmaxTV and the BBC. Jeffrey has also been a Cultural Consultant in Nonbinary Affairs for New York University, the office of Chirlaine McCray (New York City's First Lady), GLAAD, MTV, and for Condé Nast's Them and Teen Vogue. As an author, Jeffrey was the first prominent public figure to use, and advocate the use of, they/them pronouns for trans and gender non-conforming people. Jeffrey has also offered comment in The New York Times, Buzzfeed News, Reuters, Huffington Post, and Bustle and has delivered keynote talks and participated on panels at university campuses worldwide, including NYU Florence, University of Texas Arlington, and Penn State. Currently, Jeffrey is developing several TV shows centered around issues of LGBTQ identity and stories.
Jeffrey maintains a robust social media following, with several hundred thousand followers and millions of views across several platforms. Jeffrey was named Viner of the Year by CBS in 2016. Jeffrey is also a precepted facilitator in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism.
How to Say They: Microaggressions at Work and Beyond
Learn to maximize profits; inclusive business is good business. Jeffrey builds an inclusive learning environment using the ouch/oops principle. For business to run smoothly, everyone must be comfortable speaking up (ouch) and everyone needs to be free to learn from mistakes (oops.) Step by step, Jeffrey will help you create a working environment where microaggressions and thoughtless comments are handled swiftly, easily and respectfully. It is a myth to believe that any organization can avoid accidentally offensive racist or transphobic remarks altogether. The goal is not to rid your company of microaggressions, but to help employees deal with them in a productive and respectful learning environment. When someone is hurt by an aggressive comment, they can say “ouch” however it seems appropriate to say. And the only appropriate response from the aggressor is “oops” ― apologize, state a willingness to learn ― and employees can move on together.
We Were Never Taught to Love
Based on “How To Be You,” Jeffrey tells deeply personal stories of being rejected at home and school. The result? An intense conviction that the only gateway to understand how to love in general is to learn love for yourself. Jeffrey tells dynamic stories of daily messages from people who are suicidal and yet have decided to live because of Jeffrey's work. This talk pulls apart the intensity of self-hate and gives practical everyday tips for leading a loving life.
Genderqeueer? Demisexual? You don't need a label.
Beyond the feel-good but sometimes vacuous cry of "be yourself!" the ways we use labels can have unforeseen consequences. Often, Jeffrey's social followers expect their "right label" to cure them and be a total panacea. It doesn't work that way. Through research and personal stories, Jeffrey presents the ways labels and categories do more harm than good, and how labels that seem empowering can ultimately divide and conquer us.
Life Is More Than He or She
As the most prominent nonbinary social star to date, Jeffrey discusses coming to terms with that identity. This talk begins with brief historical contexts for nonbinary identities including the Two-Spirit Native culture. Through actual online messages they've received, Jeffrey then begins filling in some of the common gaps of knowledge about what it means to identify as trans or genderqueer. Jeffrey's personal stories become global bridges built toward everyone's wish to live beyond what society expects from them.
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