Presentation on theme: "Training for UNT Allies"— Presentation transcript:
1 Training for UNT Allies Transgender 101Training for UNT Allies
2 Workshop Overview Introduction and Video Continua and Definitions Commonly Used TermsBeing RespectfulResourcesQ and A
3 IntroductionJust 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 ContinuaBiological sex – This is often based on genitalia a person has.Male [ ] Female
5 Male [-------------------------------------] Female ContinuaGender Identity - A person’s core sense of beingmale, female or a place in-between. This may or maynot conform to the person’s biological sex.Male [ ] Female
6 ContinuaGender 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 [ ] StraightDeveloped by Shane Whalley, LMSW
8 DefinitionsTransgender 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 feelingsassociated with the opposite gender. Person whosegender identity is different from biological sex atbirth. Transsexuals may hormonally and/orsurgically change their bodies to more fully matchtheir gender identity and may be homosexual,bisexual, heterosexual or asexual.
10 Definitions Gender Variant A person who expresses gender behavior and/orappearance outside of perceived social norm.Includes persons who are transsexuals, cross-dressers and those who identify as neither male orfemale. Gender explorer. Gender bender. Genderqueer.
11 DefinitionsAndrogynous Having male and female qualities.
12 DefinitionsIntersexed 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 menperforming as women, and drag kings are womenperforming as men. This is usually for performance– their gender identity is generally congruent withtheir 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 FemaleMtF and M2F – Male to FemaleTransguy, trannyboi and transman – Female to MaleFtM, F2M – Female to MaleNote: “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 ItRefrain from overly personal questions (depending on how well you already know the person).
18 Resources Compiled list of resources Transcending Gender Denton Transcending Gender DentonTransgender Youth Group – ages 14-22(Look for Gender Identity Group)Licensed Professional CounselorFeleshia Porter, M.S., L.P.C. – (214)