Trans people are individuals whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth. Being trans is a healthy expression of how an individual internalizes and identifies as male, female, or any other gender other than the binary.
Trans people can realise they are trans at any age. Some may do so as kids; others may need time to do so; or they may try to avoid talking about who they are in terms of their gender for fear of being discriminated against or feeling shame or guilt. While others may spend their years feeling like they do not fit in without really knowing what is going on. Often, repressing one’s gender identity doesn’t always work and causes a lot of mental and physical discomfort for the individual. Trans visibility in the media has increased in recent years, allowing many more trans people to better understand their own experiences, feel safe, be more bold in being themselves, and become comfortable enough to share with others.
Transitioning can be difficult for many trans people because it requires them to accept who they are and decide what steps to take next. When trans people reveal their identity to others, they risk being stigmatized and discriminated against. Despite these possible risks, being open about one’s gender identity and living an authentic life can be both gender affirming and life-saving.
Describes how an individual internally understands and identifies themselves as male or female or any other gender outside the binary.
A sense of distress that may arise when a person’s physical sex and/or sex characteristics is inconsistent with the person’s sense of who they really are or with their experienced gender
Gender dysphoria in Adults
How Gender dysphoria affects teenagers and adults is different from the way it affects children.
Ways One May Ease Their Gender Dysphoria
Remedies for Gender Dysphoria
Key definitions we use to understand the differences between things like sex and gender, gender identity and expression, trans identity and sexual orientation.
TRANS CARE BC
“Coming out” is the process of becoming aware of your trans identity, accepting it and telling others about it.
TRANS CARE BC
Neopronouns are also pronouns, and include those pronouns besides the ones most commonly used in a particular language.
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN – HRC
Living authentically as Transgender or Non-Binary
This resource is meant for anyone and everyone whose gender does not fit what they were assigned at birth.
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN – HRC
In the course of a person’s life, the interests, activities, clothing and professions that are considered the domain of one gender or another evolve in ways both small and large.
A Guide To Gender Identity Terms
Proper use of gender identity terms, including pronouns, is a crucial way to signal courtesy and acceptance
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NPR DAILY NEWSPAPER
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY
GENDER MINORITIES AOTEAROA
Trans 101: The Basics by Ygender
What is transgender? by Educational Videos and Lectures
Who Is a Trans Person? by uppercaseCHASE1
Trans 101: Trans People of Color by Ygender
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Gender diversity is about acknowledging and respecting that there are many ways to identify outside of the binary of male and female.
Presenting as gender diverse is not about attention-seeking or receiving special treatment, it is about being one’s authentic self.
There is not a need for people to know about every gender identity out there. What is more important is that people respect those who are gender diverse and the choices they make in their life.
Using the correct names and pronouns for gender-diverse people and gender-neutral language are reasonable expectations that are inclusive to gender-diverse people.
Inclusivity not only benefits gender-diverse people – it benefits everyone!
The History of the Trans Flag
Flags have always played an important role in the LGBTIQ+ movement. They are a visible representation intended to celebrate progress, advocate for representation, and amplify the demand for and drive for collective action.
Monica Helms, an American trans woman, created the transgender pride flag in 1999.
The meaning of the colours:
Blue is the traditional colour for baby boys, and it symbolises masculinity.
Pink is the traditional colour for baby girls, and it symbolises femininity.
White represents non-binary, transgender, and intersex folks.
According to Helms, the flag is symmetrical, so “no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.”