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Demystifying the Trans* Umbrella

Originally presented at the NACADA Annual Conference, Oct 10th, 2014. An overview of transgender/gender expansive identities & how Higher Ed. Professionals can best serve this population. By Courtney Drew & Mandy Metzger
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Transcript of Demystifying the Trans* Umbrella

Demystifying the
TRANS*
UMBRELLA
NACADA 2014
Ground Rules
OUTCOMES
define terminology & identities related to the trans* and gender expansive communities
describe the impact that coming out as trans* can have on a person’s college experience
understand the responsibility of being an academic advisor and ally to trans* and gender nonconforming individuals
identify at least three academic resources to continue learning about trans* students in the higher education setting
The Vegas Rule

Assume Best Intent
Create a Comfortable Space

Be Courageous
an umbrella term covering a range of identities that transgress socially defined gender norms.
Trans or (trans*) is the appropriate abbreviation for transgender, where the * indicates inclusivity of transgender related identities.
Gender
Gender Role
Gender Identity
Gender Expression
GenderQueer
Transsexual
Transman
Transwoman
PGPs
Personal Gender Pronouns
Transition
two of the biggest hurdles to trans*
acceptance are
CISSEXISM
&
TRANSPHOBIA
Many trans* students come to college with an understanding of their identity & gender differences and expect resources and support.
Be aware of your settings & respect privacy
Affirm the person's gender
Ask permission to ask
questions
Ask what pronouns you should
use & use those pronouns
Be sensitive & patient
Assume you can tell if someone is transgender
Make assumptions about a trans* person's sexual orientation
Ask their "real" name
Assume what path a trans* person is on, or privilege one path over another.
What are your institution's policies/procedures for students who either use a different name or change their legal name while attending your institution?
How will your "front-line" handle students making appointments/checking in with names not on their school records?
Students may use a different name from their birth name
What are your institution's policies/procedures in using gender neutral pronouns in course work/papers/etc.?
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?
* including (but not limited to) bathrooms, locker rooms, gender-specific housing
Things to Think About
Bigender/Pangender
Genderless/Agender
Genderfluid
Third Gender
QUEER
method
of allyhood
Q
U
the
E
E
R
uestion your assumptions
nderstand their needs
ducate yourself
mpower
efer
Going the "extra mile"
as a Trans* Ally
Navigate your campus as if you are an incoming trans* student. Consider the following:
Visit the Registrar, Student Health Services, Residence Life, etc.
Note potential roadblocks, concerns, issues you encounter
Actively work with staff & administrators to address concerns.
"In sum,
the work ahead for queers is to be
transformative
, not
transfixed
."
Urvashi Vaid
http://www.thenation.com/blog/175015/whats-next-lgbt-movement#
contact us:
drew
mandy
/in/cldrewski
/cldrewski
/in/mandycmetzger
/mandymetzger09
cdrew@carthage.edu
ametzger@carrollu.edu
Continue the Conversation
Bring Us Your Way!
like what we have to say?
our areas of expertise include:
LGBTQA Ally Development & Advocacy Empowerment
LGBT SafeZone Programs (including Train the Trainer programs)
LGBT 101, Trans* 101, Bisexuality/Fluidity 101
Best Practices for Advising LGBT Students
Personality/Learning Style in Advising
Intrusive Advising
Using Social Media in Advising
drew
mandy
Social Media in the Job Search
Social Media & Branding
College Student Leadership Development
Peer Advising/Peer Education
Academic Advising for Pre-Health Professions
Exploratory Academic Advising
Check the Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearing House
http://www.campuspride.org/tpc/
Students may use gender-inclusive pronouns
#NACADA14
#C135
"On Being Trans*"
a quick video on our gender expansive youth
Full transcript