These handouts are used at workshops conducted by Rebecca. For information on bringing Rebecca to your school or organization, click here.
- How To Be An Awesome Trans Ally (PDF download) – Don’t worry! It’s not too difficult.
- Toilet Training (PDF download) – How can bathrooms be made a safe space for people of all genders and gender expressions?
Trans 101 Links
None of these links were written by Rebecca, but she thinks they’re all well done and worth reading. As a reminder, there is no one “true” trans identity, or “right” way of being trans. Anyone who tells you otherwise should be taken with a major grain of salt.
- Not Your Mom’s Trans 101 at Tranarchism.com
- Trans 101 at T-Vox
- Trans 101 at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- The Genderbread Person at It’s Pronounced Metrosexual is a useful resource, but appears to be the result of plagiarism
Websites Created For Trans Folks
Being trans can be lonely. I highly recommend these websites as places for trans people to find a community of likeminded people.
- We Happy Trans – “We Happy Trans was created so that trans people could share stories of positive experiences, so the wider world could see that like any other community, we too thrive, struggle, and overcome.”
- Trans Oral History Project – “Our mission is to promote a diversity of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities by supporting members of our community who wish to share their stories.”
- Sugar and Spice – A trans-focused podcast hosted by Jen Richards (of the above-mentioned We Happy Trans) and Bailey Jay
Studies and Surveys
Historically, trans identities and issues were not considered worthy of respectful study. Such studies that did exist were often marred by bias or preconceived notions of gender. That trend has started to shift, with more and more reputable and respectful studies being conducted. As such, we are starting to gain a better picture of the issues facing trans people in North America and around the world.
- Injustice at Every Turn (2011) – Compiled by the National Center for Trans Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, this landmark survey highlights the many ways in which transgender and gender-nonconforming people face discrimination and hardship.
- The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing (2013) – Compiled by GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality, and AJWS, the American Jewish World Service, this report summarizes a survey of 340 groups working on trans* and intersex issues around the globe.
These resources aren’t specifically about trans or LGBT topics, but are still relevant to larger issues of activism and advocacy.
- A Class Divided – Facilitating Discussions on Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination – This resource guide from PBS focuses specifically on conducting Jane Elliot’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise but is useful for any classroom discussion of a potentially continuous topic.