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The Trans Umbrella: Information that Matters for an Inclusive Campus

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Transcript of The Trans Umbrella: Information that Matters for an Inclusive Campus

The Rainbow Umbrella

Everyday HEd Practices towards LGBTQA Inclusion

Director of the Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities
She/Her/Hers | Rutgers University | Tweet: @zanetamarie
Identify at least three resources to continue learning about LGBTQA students in the higher education setting
Words to Know
Learning Outcomes
in High School

in the past year:
Less than 1/5th of LGBTQA students said school staff intervened most of the time or always when hearing homophobic remarks or negative remarks about someone's gender expression.
54% of LGBTQA students who were victimized in school did not report the events to school authorities.
A high incidence of harassment was related to increased absenteeism, decreased educational aspirations and lower academic performance.
Today's LGBTQA
College Students

Many have an understanding
of their identity or gender differences and come to college expecting support and resources.
Students may transition in different ways and have different aspirations of when their transition will be complete

Every person is different and has unique experiences, layers of
identity, and complex needs (even within the community)
Remember the "QUEER" Method:

uestion your assumptions

nderstand their needs


ducate yourself/colleagues


Practical Resources
of LGBTQA students heard derogatory remarks (ie. tranny, dyke, faggot) sometimes, often or frequently in school.
of LGBTQA students heard negative remarks about someone's gender expression sometimes, often or frequently in school.
1/3 of LGBTQA students heard school staff make homophobic, sexist remarks and negative comments about someone's gender expression sometimes, often, or frequently.
65% of LGBTQA students felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation and/or how they expressed their gender.
verbally harassed
physically harassed
because of their
sexual orientation
or gender expression
physically assaulted
What Educators Need to Know
There is no
Students may identify outside of the gender binary
Students may lose social, fiscal, or familial support after coming out (or a combination of the three)
Policies to think about:
On-campus preferred name system including all rosters, software, and student ID cards

Training for front-line staff, making sure all internal forms default to preferred name, and gender idenitity, not legal sex
Students may use a different name from their birth name
Never assume pronouns based on apperances
allow space for pronouns on forms
use "they" or student name until you know for sure
seek out and share educational opportunities
Students may use gender-inclusive pronouns
Students may feel uncomfortable with gender specific spaces & places
What are your institution's policies for facility use?
Where are your gender-neutral facilities on campus?
Define terminology & identities related to LGBTQA communities
Describe the impact that LGBTQA identity exploration can have on a person’s college experience
Understand the responsibility of being an educator, and advocate, for LGBTQA individuals
Gender Identity
Gender Expression
Socially constructed and assigned understandings of individuals. Categories include man, woman, and non-binary. Can change over time, and can differ based on culture.
How an individual understands and names their own gender.
The external display of gender through a combination of dress, demeanor, social behavior, and other factors,
generally performed on a scale of
masculinity, femininity, and androgyny.
A blanket term used to describe people whose gender falls outside of the gender binary
A person whose gender identity and sex assigned at birth all align to "traditional" norms
an umbrella term used to describe a person who identifies with a different gender than their sex assigned at birth. Trans is an appropriate abbreviation for transgender
the process through which a person may modify their physical characteristics and/or gender expression to be consistent with their gender identity

Including, but not limited to:
Changing one's name
Expression of Gender
Gender Pronouns
Hormone Replacement
Chest reduction/enhancement
Genital reconstruction surgery
the concious and/or unconcious belief that transgender persons are inferior to, less authentic, or otherwise "less than" cisgender persons. The assumption of cisgender identity.
the fear, hatred, and/or violence against people outside the typical systems of gender and sex
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What have you experienced in schools/workplaces?

Do you know your local/state policies?

Who are your allies?

What do you need to learn more about?
Inclusion throughout your programming and outreach
Trans voices should be webbed throughout your programming, not just through LGBTQA centers
Partner with campus specialists
Education is readily available, both online and in person
Beemyn, G., Belyeu, N. & Windmeyer, S. (2014). Supporting Transgender Students in Higher Education [PowerPoint slides/Webinar]. Retrieved from http://resources.kognito.com/Webinar/Supporting_Transgender_Slides.pdf.

Campus Pride. (March 23, 2014). Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearinghouse. Retrieved from http://www.campuspride.org/tpc/

Kristen A., R. (2010). LGBT and Queer Research in Higher Education: The State and Status of the Field. Educational Researcher, (2), 132.

Rankin, S. (2010). The State of Higher Education for LGBT People -Largest national study to date

Sex Assigned at Birth
Refers to the biological aspects of one's body including chromosomes, internal/external organs, and secondary sex characteristics. In the states, infants are designated (legally) as either male or female, but 1 in 2,000 people are born with ambiguous sex characteristics (intersex)
Forms, Assessment, and Surveying
1. Gender Identity (choose all that apply) [Preferred method]

__ woman
__ man
__ transgender
__ gender nonbinary
__ another identity (please specify):______________
__ prefer not to disclose

2. Gender Identity [Not preferred, but should be used if you cannot have more than one selection]

__ cisgender woman
__ cisgender man
__ transgender woman
__ transgender man
__ gender nonbinary
__ another identity (please specify):______________
__ prefer not to disclose

Do you absolutely need legal sex?
What can you get from student data systems?
Can people list their chosen names?
Is there space for pronouns?
Don't be this person:
1. Sexual Lifestyle/Choice:

Kinsey Scale
Great Trans 101 Video!

Overt, covert, intentional, and unitentional behaviors, systems, and structures that privilege heterosexuals and heterosexuality as the preferred or expected norm.
Homophobia: the fear, hatred, and/or violence faced by LGBQ persons
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