Learn To Be An Ally To Transgender People

Learn to be an ally to transgender people with the help of a guide from the National Center for Transgender Equality.


Transgender people have come under attack during the Trump administration almost from Inauguration Day. Department of Education head Betsy DeVos has tried to rescind Obama-era guidance on transgender students in schools. Trump himself infamously tweeted a ban on transgender people serving in the military (as of early November, courts have blocked his demand).


You might be baffled by transgenderism. That’s ok as long as you do your damnedest not to express it in a jerk-like way to actual living, breathing transgender folks.


The NCTE guide answers questions you might have and generally helps you avoid behaving like a jerk. It also includes links to other valuable explainers.


Some basics:

Use the language that the transgender person applies to themselves, but be aware that different transgender people might and often do rely on different language.


If you’re unclear on what pronouns to use, ask.


Just as you wouldn’t ask a person struggling with infertility nosy questions about medical treatments or adoption, you should not ask a transgender person about hormones or surgeries.


The guide also covers what you can do at work, at school, as a citizen, and in various social situations to support transgender people.



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