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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


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.


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

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


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


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

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


  • 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


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.



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.


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



  • AndrogynousHaving male and female qualities.


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



Usually men who dress in women’s clothes for

various reasons. They do not identify as women.



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.

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).


  • Compiled list of resources


  • Transcending Gender Denton



  • Transgender Youth Group – ages 14-22

    • (Look for Gender Identity Group)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

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