Want to learn how to be a good trans* ally? Come join the discussion on the Rooftop Garden! Check out the facebook event here!
When: Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00pm
Where: Rooftop Garden, South Campus Dining Hall, UMD
don’t want to wait until then? Me either. Check out these tips for being a rad trans* ally, written by Foster G. and Remy R.
There are lots of ways to be an ally to trans* folk! Here are some starting points:
- Use people’s preferred pronouns (i.e.: he/she/ze/they/etc.)
- If you’re unsure (gender isn’t something you can tell by looking at someone,) ASK! (what pronouns do you prefer?)
- The singular form of “they” is also an option and yes, it’s grammatically correct!
- Familiarize yourself with gender neutral pronouns and use them when requested. Ze/hir/they/etc.
- Educate yourself! There are lots of resources out there–books, zines, outreach organizations, the interwebz, etc.–so use ‘em!
- Transgender is not a noun (ze is a transgender, they are transgenders) it is not a verb (she is transgendering or she is transgendered) it is an adjective (he is transgender).
- Speak up when you hear transphobic “jokes,” comments, and other unsavory remarks. BUT also remember we are not voiceless/powerless; we dig solidarity/cooperation/affinity politics!
- Remember there is no monolithic trans* experience or narrative. We all have different experiences and they’re all valid.
- The only thing that makes someone trans is self identification. If they identify as trans, they are and if they don’t, they aren’t.
- If you mess up (we all make mistakes,) apologize, make amends, move on, and don’t do it again.
Resources for Trans folk on and off Campus