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Supporting Our Trans Community: Introduction

Introduction

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When serving our college community, we always want to be sure to treat everyone with respect, but students, faculty, and staff may have questions about what it means to be trans and how best to address members of the Delgado community who are themselves trans so that they always feel welcomed and valued. This guide will attempt to address common questions about pronouns and other questions cisgender individuals may have when interacting with trans individuals.

Trans 101

What does it mean to be trans? What about nonbinary? Or genderfluid? This video tackles some of the basic vocabulary of the trans spectrum of identity.

Sex vs. Gender

"Sex" and "gender" have historically been used interchangeably, but the two terms are beginning to have very different meanings.

According to GLAAD:

  • an animated GIF of a person standing in a box marked 'gender box' while a trans woman throws pink glitter and a caption reads 'there is no box'Sex is the classification of a person as male or female, assigned at birth and usually based on the appearance of their external anatomy. Sex is dependent on a lot of things, though, including chromosomes and hormones, which may not be evident from external anatomy.
  • Gender identity, on the other hand, is an individual's internal, deeply held sense of their genderFor many people their gender identity matches their assigned sex, but for transgender people, their own internal gender identity does not. Gender identity isn't visible to others and is instead how someone feels about their identity.
  • Gender expression is the external manifestation of gender. This can be expressed through a person's name, pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, and/or body characteristics. These characteristics may be perceived as masculine or feminine, but what is thought of as masculine or feminine, such as short hair or wearing pants, changes over time.

In the Library

The Genderbread Person

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LGBTQ+ Campus Resources

 

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