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Demystifying the Trans* Umbrella
Transcript of Demystifying the Trans* Umbrella
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
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.
Personal Gender Pronouns
two of the biggest hurdles to trans*
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
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
uestion your assumptions
nderstand their needs
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.
the work ahead for queers is to be
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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
Using Social Media in Advising
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
Students may use gender-inclusive pronouns
"On Being Trans*"
a quick video on our gender expansive youth