Hello and welcome to my site!
My name is Kyl Myers. I am a sociologist, an educator, an advocate, a parent. My educational path led me to earn a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and master’s and doctorate degrees in Sociology. Over the course of my life I’ve established a career, discovered passions, and I’ve become a parent. These different experiences have given me platforms to share my story and what I’ve learned and do my part to create change in my community.
I assume you are here for one of three reasons. You either have an interest in contraception and abortion care; or you are curious about Gender Creative Parenting; or you are getting in tune with your unconscious biases and striving to do better. Although these three topics may seem very different, I have come to understand my expertise as all falling under an umbrella of equality, inclusion, autonomy, empowerment, and social justice. Allow me to tell you more about what I do. I hope you find what you’re looking for.
In 2016 I joined the Family Planning Division in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. I came on board to manage The HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative which provided over 7,402 individuals with no-cost contraception. Now, I direct the division’s community education and partnerships and a statewide contraceptive initiative called Family Planning Elevated. Every day, I get to come to work and figure out solutions to contraceptive access issues and improve sexual and reproductive healthcare for Utahns. My special interests within family planning include contraceptive care for women in jail and helping people consider their “hypothetical abortion.”
Gender Creative Parenting
I am the parent of an incredible child named Zoomer. I am a practicing advocate of Gender Creative Parenting. My husband and I chose not to assign a gender to Zoomer when they were born, we do not disclose Zoomer’s sex unless it is necessary, and we use gender-neutral pronouns [they, them, their, and Z] for Zoomer. As a sociologist and a feminist, I understand gender as a social construct and as an identity to be determined by an individual. I am acutely aware of gender disparities and Gender Creative Parenting seemed like a solution for mitigating sexism and gendered stereotypes during Zoomer’s childhood [which appears to be working]. I share my experiences as a Gender Creative Parent on RaisingZoomer.com, through my TEDx Talk, and on Instagram as well as through guest lectures at universities and gender-related conferences.
Unconscious [and not so implicit] Bias
Stereotypes wreak quite a bit of havoc in our lives. I use data and humor to teach people about stereotypes, unconscious bias, and social inequalities. I provide simple techniques for people to recognize social inequalities and tips for making their workplaces and other life spaces more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. I work with nonprofits, corporations, small teams, and large conferences to provide a space where employees and conference attendees can learn about an uncomfortable topic in a casual environment.