Glossary of Terms – Transgender
GLAAD defines and gives context to terms relating to gender identity and the transgender community. They also demonstrate how to avoid common problematic phrases to remain inclusive and respectful of transgender people. This is a helpful guide for anyone planning to report or write about the transgender community.
Learn how to use and pronounce a variety of pronouns used by people of all genders. If you’re already familiar with how to use he, she, and they, up your game by mastering xe and fae. This interactive tool is great for sharpening your own skills or sharing a lesson on parts of speech.
Tips for Allies of Transgender People
GLAAD offers a list of suggestions on how to support transgender people and create more inclusive spaces. They explain the importance of confidentiality and leaving behind assumptions. This is a good place to start for those looking for advice on how to become a better friend and colleague.
Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity to Help You Keep Up with the Conversation by Sam Dylan Finch
This article breaks down the basics of sex and gender. For anyone unfamiliar with the terminology often used to discuss identity, this guide is a great place to start. Finch does more than provide a list of definitions, he offers inclusive explanations and provides context.
What does transgender mean? How is sexual orientation different from gender identity? Why is transgender equality important? GLAAD provides answers to these questions as well as suggestions for how to learn more.
Not All Transgender People Have Dysphoria – And Here Are 6 Reasons Why That Matters by Sam Dylan Finch
In this article, Finch lays out six reasons why it’s harmful to exclude trans folks who don’t experience dysphoria. He draws on his own experiences as well as the history of medicalizing trans identities in Western society. Additionally, Finch points out Eurocentrism of defining trans experiences through dysphoria.
You Can Still Be Transgender and Not Experience Physical Dysphoria, and Here’s Why by Ronnie Ritchie
This short comic explores the misconception that all trans folks experience dysphoria in the same way (or at all). Ritchie explains how the history of access to resources for medical transitioning (hormones and surgery) has contributed to creating gatekeepers of identity.