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1 Training for UNT Allies
Transgender 101 Training for UNT Allies

2 Workshop Overview Introduction and Video Continua and Definitions
Commonly Used Terms Being Respectful Resources Q and A

3 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.

4 Continua Biological sex – This is often based on genitalia a person has. Male [ ] Female

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

6 Continua Gender Expression - External characteristics and behaviors that are socially constructed as either male or female: clothing style, demeanor, speech patterns, etc. Male [ ] Female

7 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

8 Definitions Transgender Individual 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.

9 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.

10 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.

11 Definitions Androgynous Having male and female qualities.

12 Definitions Intersexed Person who is born with biological aspects of both sexes to varying degrees.

13 Definitions Transvestite Usually men who dress in women’s clothes for
various reasons. They do not identify as women.

14 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.

15 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.

16 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.

17 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).

18 Resources Compiled list of resources Transcending Gender Denton
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)

19 Q and A

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