Kaj`s Trans powerpoint

Transgender (Trans*): A umbrella term
applying to people whose gender identity
does not match how they were
gendered at birth.
› Trans* women are women who were gendered
male at birth incorrectly and are actually
women. Sometimes referred to as Male to
Female (MTF).
› Trans* men are men who were gendered female
at birth incorrectly and are actually men.
Sometimes referred to as Female to Male (FTM).
Cisgender (Cis): a person whose gender
identity matches how they were
gendered at birth.
Genderqueer: A person who does not
identify with the binary genders. They may
see their gender identity as neither, both, or
something else entirely.
 Agender: A person who does not identify
with any gender.
 Genderfluid: A person whose gender
(presentation) changes over time.
 Two-Spirit: A term used by some Native
Americans (originally Ojibwe) to indicate a
traditional role “between genders.” There
are many third genders in other nonWesternized cultures (e.g., hijra).
Cisgender Privilege: The basic civil rights
and social privileges that a cisgender
person automatically receives and that are
systematically denied transgender and
genderqueer people simply because of
their gender identity.
 Transphobia: An irrational hatred,
disapproval, or fear of traditionally nonnormative gender expression and identity.
 Cissexism: a paradigm that promotes the
normativity and validity of people who feel
no dissonance between their gender
identity and how they were gendered at
Gender dysphoria
› can be body and/or social dysphoria
Trans* people are not “trapped in their
 Some trans* people use hormones and/or
surgery to navigate this dysphoria
› Gate-keeping
The amount of dysphoria someone
experience varies.
› This is especially true for non-binary people, who
may not be able to change their bodies in a
way that feels authentic to them.
 “Passing”
› Implies that trans* people are not really their
 Fetishization
Unlike the book, use person-first language.
Ex: “Max is a trans man” instead of “Max is a
transgender.” Trans* people are more than
their genders, just like cis people.
Trans* people do not ‘always know’ that
they are trans* from early childhood. This
does not invalidate their identity.
Trans* people can be have any sexuality,
just like cis people.
Do not assume the person is in a ‘phase.’
Do not out someone. Ever.
If you are unsure about the pronouns you
should use for someone, ask them
 Just like any other person you meet in
class or on the street, it’s extremely rude
to ask trans* people about their transition
process and/or surgery. Don’t do it.
If you have questions, be respectful and
ask them politely if you can ask them
questions, ideally when you’re not
surrounded by other people.
2/5 of trans* people attempt suicide,
and 2/3 will contemplate it.
 More than half have been disowned.
 1/5 have been homeless, 1/5 have been
refused housing, and 1/10 have been
 More than half have lost a job.
 All of these numbers increase
dramatically for trans* people of color.
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