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Transgender 101. Training for UNT Allies. Workshop Overview. Introduction and Video Continua and Definitions Commonly Used Terms Being Respectful Resources Q and A. Introduction.

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Transgender 101

Transgender 101

Training for UNT Allies


Transgender 101

Workshop Overview

  • Introduction and Video

  • Continua and Definitions

  • Commonly Used Terms

  • Being Respectful

  • Resources

  • Q and A


Transgender 101

Introduction

Just as sexuality exists on a continuum, gender identity may also be seen as a separate but parallel continuum. Also separate is the variety of gender expression found in society. Because persons’ gender identities are expressed in a number of ways, there is no definitive transgender or transsexual identity.


Continua

Continua

  • Biological sex – This is often based on genitalia a person has.

    Male [-------------------------------------------] Female


Continua1

Continua

Gender Identity - A person’s core sense of being

male, female or a place in-between. This may or may

not conform to the person’s biological sex.

Male [-------------------------------------] Female


Continua2

Continua

  • Gender Expression - External characteristics and behaviors that are socially constructed as either male or female: clothing style, demeanor, speech patterns, etc.

    Male [--------------------------------------------] Female


Continua3

Continua

  • Sexual orientation

    Described by whom one is sexually attracted to, including homosexual - gay and lesbian - attracted to persons with the same gender identity; bisexual - attracted to persons of different genders; heterosexual - attracted to persons with opposite gender identity; and, asexual - not sexually attracted to others.

    Gay [---------------------------------------------] Straight

    Developed by Shane Whalley, LMSW


Transgender 101

Definitions

TransgenderIndividual who exhibits to varying degrees the appearance, behavioral characteristics and feelings usually associated with the opposite gender. The term transgender may be used as a broad term for persons who are gender variant.


Definitions

Definitions

Transsexual

Individual who exhibits to varying degrees

appearance, behavioral characteristics and feelings

associated with the opposite gender. Person whose

gender identity is different from biological sex at

birth. Transsexuals may hormonally and/or

surgically change their bodies to more fully match

their gender identity and may be homosexual,

bisexual, heterosexual or asexual.


Definitions1

Definitions

Gender Variant

A person who expresses gender behavior and/or

appearance outside of perceived social norm.

Includes persons who are transsexuals, cross-

dressers and those who identify as neither male or

female. Gender explorer. Gender bender. Gender

queer.


Definitions2

Definitions

  • AndrogynousHaving male and female qualities.


Transgender 101

Definitions

IntersexedPerson who is born with biological aspects of both sexes to varying degrees.


Definitions3

Definitions

Transvestite

Usually men who dress in women’s clothes for

various reasons. They do not identify as women.


Definitions4

Definitions

Drag

Performing as the opposite sex for entertainment,

money or other reasons. Drag queens are men

performing as women, and drag kings are women

performing as men. This is usually for performance

– their gender identity is generally congruent with

their biological sex.


Commonly used terms

Commonly Used Terms

  • Trans – short for transgender or transsexual

    • (Ex: transpeople, transcommunity, he or she is trans)

  • Transgirl and transwoman – Male to Female

  • MtF and M2F – Male to Female

  • Transguy, trannyboi and transman – Female to Male

  • FtM, F2M – Female to Male

  • Note: “Tranny” is used by some transpersons in the U.S. to take back a word used against them. However, many are offended by the term; the term is not advisable to use.


Transgender 101

Being Respectful

  • Pronouns:

    • If you are unsure of one’s identity, try to avoid pronouns.

    • If necessary, refer to them as they present or politely ask, “How would you like to be addressed?”

    • It is OK to make a mistake, just be willing to correct yourself.

    • Refrain from asking birth name.


Being respectful

Being Respectful

  • Refrain from offensive terms:

    • Tranny

    • He-She

    • She-Male

    • It

  • Refrain from overly personal questions (depending on how well you already know the person).


Resources

Resources

  • Compiled list of resources

    • http://www.unt.edu/ally/resources/transgender.htm

  • Transcending Gender Denton

    • http://orgs.unt.edu/tgd/

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Transcending_Gender_Denton/

  • Transgender Youth Group – ages 14-22

    • http://www.youthfirsttexas.org/social_programs.html (Look for Gender Identity Group)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

    • Feleshia Porter, M.S., L.P.C. – (214) 904 - 8222


Transgender 101

Q and A


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