Trans 101 Workshop As you arrive, please grab a copy of the quiz and fill it out From My Gender Workbook By Kate Bornstein Ground Rules Don’t be afraid to ask questions Be respectful Challenge your own assumptions Others? Sex v. Gender SEX Usually Associated with physical characteristics like genitalia, hormones, and chromosomes E.g., the doctor looks at a baby’s body and says “it’s a boy!” *BUT* this binary is problematic for many people Sex v. Gender Gender The way that people are expected to act based on how their bodies look. E.g., the baby’s parents buy it certain clothes, books, and toys; sign the baby up for certain classes; teach the baby certain manners PILL ARS OF H E T E R N O R M A T I V I T Y I T‘ S A BOY MAN M A S C ULINE SEX WITH WOMEN M ARRIAGE (A N D K I D S) WITH WO ME N SEX A S SIG N M E N T GENDER IDE NTIT Y GENDERE D E X P R E S SIO N I T‘ S A GIR L WOMAN F E MININE SE XUALIT Y SEX WITH MEN R E L AT IO N S HIP S M ARRIAGE (A N D K I D S) WITH M AN ©Revelry Media & Methods A Few Definitions Transgender Transsexual Gender Queer “Transman” / “Transwoman” “FTM” / “MTF” Various other kinds of gender nonconformity ** Respect everyone’s Right to Define Themselves! Diversity Within the Trans Community Sexual Orientation Bodies Transitions Ability to “pass” & desire to do so Plus every other kind of diversity (racial, cultural, ability, etc.) Common Issues Facing Trans People Violence Trans people are disproportionately homeless, living in poverty, and incarcerated ID’s and other official documents Checking boxes on forms Doctors Medicalization / Pathologizing of Identities Airport Security Bathrooms Video Clip! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ov_Bhk1_BU& feature=related How to be an Ally to Trans People Respect all gender identities Don’t make assumptions about anyone’s gender or sexuality Un-learn gender policing De-gender bathrooms Take the burden off of trans people Others??