Conversations with CASA – An Intersectional Look at LGBTQ+ Advocacy with Riki Wilchins

“People’s lives are more complex than the boxes we tend to put them into.”

In this episode of Conversations with CASA, Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs talks with Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of TrueChild—a network challenging rigid gender norms through intersectional approaches that reconnect race, class and gender.

In honor of June being Pride Month, Riki and Vicki take the LGBTQ+ conversation beyond competency, diving deeper into the complexity of LGBTQ+ identity and expression and concepts like challenging gender norms, implementing non-binary language and normalizing pronouns. Riki offers tips for CASA volunteers on how they can help ensure a safe, trusting space for all children and youth. She also dives into concrete actions CASA program leadership can take to create a more welcoming and affirming organization.

Interested in learning more about how you can ensure your CASA program is a gender-welcoming space? Check out TrueChild’s checklist!