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They are also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Airton has worked with hundreds of teacher candidates to widen the circle of belonging and participation for students of all genders and sexualities. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. Susan Woolley, they are editing a forthcoming collection of lesson plans on gender diversity for K-12 teachers.
Lee Airton is at work on their first book, a mixture of prescriptive nonfiction with personal experiences woven throughout, presently titled: “They’re Here: An Everyday Guide to Gender-Friendly Language and Practice”.
Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life.
In 2012, they founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Airton offers individualized support and advice to gender-neutral pronoun users and allies, including teachers, parents and co-workers.