Transgender Rights' Toolkit

Transgender Rights' Toolkit

What Does Transgender Mean?

A transgender person is an individual whose assigned gender at birth does not match their gender identity. Transgender women, for example, are women who were assigned the gender of ‘male’ at birth but do not identify with this assigned gender, identifying instead as women. A person can be transgender within the gender binary (transgender women and men) or transgender outside of it, using terms such as nonbinary or genderqueer- among other terms- to describe their gender identity. Effective allyship can ensure that transgender individuals’ identities are recognised, respected and protected.

Transgender allyship (on personal and organisational levels) includes:
  • Acknowledging and respecting people’s chosen names and/or pronouns
  • Supporting and safeguarding transgender individuals who are at risk of discrimination and prejudice
  • Creating trans-inclusive spaces e.g.: gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Using gender-neutral language for groups and for individuals whose gender is not known
  • Creating workplaces which support trans needs (e.g.: non-gendered dress codes, paid leave for employees undergoing transitional therapies)
  • Advocating for and defending the rights of transgender peers when challenged

The Diverse Educators’ Transgender Rights Toolkit

We are collating a growing bank of resources to support you in how you show up, how you stand up and how you speak out, on matters pertaining to transgender rights and welfare.

Blogs

Alok Menon

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GenderGP

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Noah Adams

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Our Transitional Life

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Books

Dawson, Juno. The Gender Games: The Problem With Men and Women, From Someone Who Has Been Both

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Faye, Shon. The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice

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Fisher, Owl & Fox. Trans Survival Workbook

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Iantaffi, Alex & Barker, Meg-John. Life Isn't Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and in-Between

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Lester, CN. Trans Like Me – Conversations for All of Us

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Stryker, Susan. Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution

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Young, Eris. They/Them/Their: A Guide to Nonbinary and Genderqueer Identities

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Podcasts

Gender Reveal

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/Queer – a global history of Gender & Sexuality

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What the Trans!?

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Resources

Amnesty International – Gender identity for beginners: a guide to being a great trans ally

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A Brief History of Singular ‘They’

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GLAAD – Tips for Allies for Transgender People

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Harvard Business Review – Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workplace

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Human Rights Campaign – Understanding the Transgender Community

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Making Schools Trans-Friendly

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Videos

Fox Fisher – I AM THEY – A Non-Binary Transgender Documentary

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Jackson Bird – How to talk (and listen) to transgender people

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Jamie Raines

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Samy Nour Younes – A short history of trans people’s long fight for equality

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