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The Trans Umbrella: Information that Matters for an Inclusive Campus

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Zaneta Rago

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

The Trans Umbrella

Everyday Practices towards Trans 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 trans students in the higher education setting
Words to Know

Being Trans
in High School
in the past year:
Less than 1/5th of transgender 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 trans 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 Trans
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 a unique experience,
identity and needs. Do not make assumptions.
Remember the "QUEER" Method:

uestion your assumptions

nderstand their needs


ducate yourself/allies


Presentation Resources
of transgender students heard derogatory remarks (ie. tranny, dyke, faggot) sometimes, often or frequently in school.
of transgender students heard negative remarks about someone's gender expression sometimes, often or frequently in school.
1/3 of transgender students heard school staff make homophobic, sexist remarks and negative comments about someone's gender expression sometimes, often, or frequently.
65% of transgender 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
to be transgender
Students may identify outside of the gender binary
Students may have different ways of expressing their gender
Things 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 the trans and gender non-conforming communities
describe the impact that coming out as trans can have on a person’s college experience
understand the responsibility of being an educator, and ally, to trans and gender nonconforming individuals
Gender Identity
Gender Expression
socially constructed system that prescribes masculine/feminine qualities to individuals. Can change over time, and can differ based on culture.
the internal perception of an individual's gender, and how they label themselves
the external display of gender through a combination of dress, demeanor, social behavior, and other factors, generally measured on a scale of masculinity and femininity.
Gender Nonconforming
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 belief that transgender persons are inferior to, less authentic, or otherwise "less than" cisgender persons.
the fear, hatred, and/or strong dislike for people who find themselves outside the typical systems of gender and sex
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What have you experienced?
What has worked well?
What could still use improvement?
Small Group Discussion
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/

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 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 we cannot have more than one selection]

__ woman
__ 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?
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