Before we get started, let’s be clear that…

Trans people have always existed, everywhere on earth. We take both current trans experiences and rich trans histories as seriously as that of any group of people. 

Transphobia is widespread in our current society. Ignorance and prejudice regarding trans people are common and continue to harm trans people everywhere. We are here to question, challenge, and dismantle these views.

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  • SEX ASSIGNED AT BIRTH
  • GENDER
  • GENDER IDENTITY
  • GENDER EXPRESSION
Recognizing and feeling a gender as one’s own. A lot of the time, it also means recognizing oneself as being part of a group of other individuals who experience similar genders. It is what suits us best and where we feel at home – even if it goes against what we’re “supposed to do”. When a baby is born, people look at it’s genitals and assign it a sex. They write M or F on the birth certificate (and all other paperwork after that). On this basis, the decision is made to raise a child with a specific gender : usually man or woman. A system of socially constructed codes and signs we send each other about who and what, in a binary society, is “masculine” and “feminine”. These codes change according to the culture and society we live in. Usually we attribute gender to people by looking at signs that they show in their presentation and their attitude How a person chooses to publicly present and perform their gender. This includes outward appearance like how one chooses to dress, style or colour their hair, or wear make-up, as well as behaviour like how a person chooses to move, speak, and use their body language. This also includes the pronouns and chosen names an individual uses.

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Though Marie’s transition will inevitably require Thomas to make some changes, it is still important to remember that his partner’s transition isn’t about him, it’s about Marie. 

Thomas is making both homophobic and transphobic comments in this scenario, horrified by the assumption that “he is now gay”. Let’s get one thing clear: your partner’s transition or questioning does not necessarily mean that you have to change your own identity or sexual orientation in response

It is okay and valid to feel overwhelmed or unable to be a good support to your partner at a particular moment, but Thomas could have been honest about where he was at while remaining compassionate and sensitive.

What could Thomas have done better?

Been honest with Marie that he is feeling overwhelmed and needs some time to step away and process before having a conversation about this.
Leave the room immediately.
Put his worries aside for the moment and focused his attention instead on listening as attentively and compassionately as possible to Marie.

Consequences of Transgressing Gender Norms

There are many different elements in a transition process and many different steps an individual may take in order to feel as comfortable as possible in their gender (or non-gender). 

Below are three categories representing aspects of the transition process that *some* trans and non-binary people choose to engage with. 

These categories are not fixed! They overlap and flow into each other, demonstrated by the overlapping circles. Read the explanation for each category below and then drag the examples into the correct section.

LEGAL

The legal aspect of transition refers to interactions with legal institutions, legal barriers that some trans people are forced to face as a result of our existing systems, and/or the fight for legal equality and freedom from discrimination that trans activists advocate for.

SOCIAL

The social aspect of transitioning refers to ways that trans people choose to express their identification with a particular gender OR their rejection of gender entirely. It also refers to the ways experiences of transition are viewed in one’s social world.

MEDICAL

Medical procedures alter an individual’s physical body through many possible methods of intervention, such as surgery.

  • Changing your haircut
  • “Coming out”
  • Changing the sex marker on medical insurance card
  • Starting hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Choosing your name
  • Undergoing one or more gender confirmation surgeries
  • Using the bathroom/changing room that matches your affirmed gender (if that’s an option!)
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