Gender Inclusion

ACPA’s value of “inclusiveness in and access to association-wide involvement…” comprises of the acknowledgment and embracement of individuals’ multiple identities, including gender identities, gender expressions, and agender individuals.

All-Use restrooms

To enact this value, all-use restrooms will be available to all convention participants inclusive of all gender identities and expressions. All-use restrooms are for everyone which means that all-use restrooms are intended for anyone to use regardless of any identities the individuals hold. All-use restrooms are intended to provide an accessible, inclusive, and safe environment for people to do what they need to do in peace.  We appreciate your efforts to maintain a culture of respect in this space. If you require or prefer to use a gendered restroom, please see the maps in the #ACPA20 Program Booklet and app to find the closest gendered restroom. A list of all-use restrooms can be found below:

Music City Center March 1-5:

First Floor (March 1 – 5)

  • Restrooms along Demonbreun St. and 5th St. will remain gendered*
  • All other restrooms on the first floor will be converted to all-use restrooms
    • Between presentation rooms 101E-103C and 104E-106C

Mezzanine – Floor 1M (March 1 – 5)

  • All restrooms on this floor will be converted to all-use restrooms
    • By rooms A1 and C3

Second Floor (March 1 – 5)

  • Restrooms near room 210 (along 6th Ave.) will remain gendered*
  •  All other restrooms will be converted to all-use restrooms
    • Between presentation rooms 202C-205C and 207-209C 

Fourth Floor (March 2)

  • Restroom near room 403 will remain gendered*
  • All other restrooms will be converted to all-use restrooms
    • Along the main concourse and around A1 and A2

Omni Hotel February 29-March 4:

Second Floor (February 29-March 4)

  • Restrooms by the Music Row/Legends Ballroom will be converted to all-use restrooms 

Second Floor (March 1-March 4)

  • All restrooms on this floor will be converted to all-use restrooms
    • Near Broadway Ballroom A
    • Near Legends Ballroom D

Third Floor (February 29 – March 4)

  • One set of gendered restrooms on this floor
    • Near Old Hickory
  • All others will be converted to all-use restrooms
    • Near Cumberland 6

*These restrooms are not part of ACPA’s contracted spaces for Convention and are designated gendered by the venue. 

Pronoun Usage

When registering for the #ACPA20 Convention, you have the opportunity to indicate the gender pronouns you want individuals to use when referring to you. The pronouns you select on the registration webpage will appear on the printed name badge during Convention. To confirm or change your gender pronouns on your registration, please contact Angela Hoffman, ACPA Director of Professional Development, at [email protected] for personalized registration assistance. 

Convention attendees are asked to be mindful of and use gender pronouns appropriately. A graphic from Trans Student Educational Resources gives a brief overview of some pronouns; there is an infinite number of pronouns as new ones emerge in languages. To practice using pronouns, please visit www.practicewithpronouns.com

a chart of some gender pronouns by Trans Student Educational Resources. The columns are the “subjective, objective, possessive, and reflexive” part of each pronoun set and an example. The first pronoun set is she, her, hers, and herself. The examples are “she is speaking. I listened to her. The backpack is hers.” The second set is he, him, his, himself. The examples are “he is speaking. I listening to him. The backpack is his.” The third set is (singular) they, them, theirs, themself. The examples are “they are speaking. I listened to them. The backpack is theirs.” The fourth set is ze, hir or zir, hirs or zirs, hirself or zirself. If used it would be ze/hir/hirs/hirself or ze/zir/zirs/zirself. The graphic happened to combine them into one row. The examples included “ze is speaking. I listened to hir. The backpack is zirs.” A note at the top reads “Please note these are not the only pronouns. There are an infinite number of pronouns as new ones emerge in our language. Always ask someone for their pronouns. Designed by Landyn Pan.

Nashville Transgender Organizations

Below is a list of organizations that center transgender communities in Nashville, TN:

To report bias incidents, discrimination, or harassment during Convention, please visit the Bias Incident and Response Protocol and the Equity and Inclusion Online Notification Form. For additional information or general inquiries, please visit the ACPA20 Information Desk near On-Site Registration on floor 1M of Music City Center.