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Trans 101, Know Your Chicago 2014; Transitioning: Challenging Our Understanding of Gender Tour


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Trans 101, Know Your Chicago 2014; Transitioning: Challenging Our Understanding of Gender Tour

  1. 1. Changing Cis-tems: Providing Trans* Affirming & Inclusive Services Funding for this project comes from Health Resource Services Administration Grant No. XXXXXXX
  2. 2. About Us Founded in 1985, our mission is to provide services to those who are disenfranchised by, poverty, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. Funding for this project comes from Health Resource Services Administration Grant No. H97HA24965
  3. 3. TransLife Center TransHealth TransHousing TransSafe TransLegal TransWorks .
  4. 4. Gender Binary
  5. 5. Gender Reality
  6. 6. Everyone is Unique Gender Identity Gender Expression Sexual Orientation Sex Assigned at Birth
  7. 7. Transgender Umbrella So who is transgender?
  8. 8. Transgender Definitions Transgender: a person whose sex, gender identity or gender expression differs from the one assigned to them at birth. Transition: The period of time in which a person begins to live in a gender role which is in accordance with their internal gender identity. May include period of time where person begins dressing, hormone therapy or getting surgery to align their physical self with internal gender identity. “Trans” can be shorthand for transgender and transexual and a number of additional gender-non-conforming identities. Source: Keatley, 2008. Killerman, 2013.
  9. 9. Transgender Cisgender “Transgender” was first used as a way of distinguishing people with no desire for surgery or hormones from transsexuals (people who may want to legal and medical support to align their internal and external gender). Transgender or Trans* is currently used to include all people who fall outside of mainstream ideas of gender. Cis, is a word that is becoming increasingly popular to describe people who are not trans or gender variant. Cisgender is a description for a person whose gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex all align (e.g. man, masculine, and male). Source: Keatley, 2008. Killerman, 2013.
  10. 10. The Research Transgender people are disproportionately likely to experience violence in the home, on the street, and in health care settings (26% report being physically assaulted at least once) Transgender people are 4 times as likely as general population to live in extreme poverty Transgender people are more likely to be uninsured (19% of study reported no insurance; among African American increases to 31%) and less likely to get preventative care (50% reported not being able to afford it). Recent study of more than 6,400 trans people in US, 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide (a rate 25 times higher than general population) CDC data shows new HIV infections among transgender people occur at almost 3 times that of non-transgender men and 9 times that of non-transgender women. SOURCES: 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report; Centers for Disease Control,, 2011.; Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 2011.
  11. 11. A Culture of Inclusion
  12. 12. Inclusion & Affirmation mean… Inclusion: Welcoming, respecting and valuing each person’s unique characteristics and integrating them in an open and supportive environment which helps build strong clients, employees and agencies. Affirmation: To recognize and accept a person as true and valid and to hold them in positive regard as a member of the community.
  13. 13. Practice Tips: A word from the community Problematic Preferred Saying “transgendered” or Transgenders Transgender or trans Using language like “sex change,” “pre-op,” or “post op” People's surgical status is rarely appropriate to discuss Not using a person’s preferred name & insisting on using legal name Use name that person prefers Not using appropriate gender pronoun It’s Okay to ask pronoun preference (he/his, she/her, or they/them” Getting called “sir,” “guys,” “buddy” Gendered language should affirm a persons gender ID Displaying a judgemental attitude about a person’s ability to “pass” in affirmed gender It’s not your place to judge anyone’s appearance
  14. 14. Practice Tips: A word from the community Problematic Preferred Outing a person or asking about their trans status Respect confidentiality; if you don’t need to know, don’t ask Excluding a trans person from services b/c they are not “ideal” client Include everyone! Don’t ask trans client to choose between hormones or treatment Hormones are critical to a person’s health (if they choose) Work with a transgender person if you “don’t approve” of trans people Seek out clinical supervision if you need support or have feelings about working with trans people Allowing staff and other clients to use transphobic language or treatment Interrupt transphobia and call it out Making trans clients responsible for educating staff Agencies provide staff training and education around trans identity
  15. 15. Our Partners
  16. 16. Questions/Comments? Owen Daniel-McCarter:
  17. 17. Thank You! Community Advisory Board Atlantis Hoskin Danielle Ruys Aja Fe’Rae Blalark Keisha Allen Vickie Lawson Victoria Archambault Kourtney Berry Staff Josie Lynne Paul, LCSW, Director, TransLife Center Channyn Parker, TransCare Coordinator, TransLife Center Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq, TransLegal Director, TransLife Center Lex Lawson, TransWorks Coordinator, TransLife Center Kevin Pleasant, TransHousing Manager, TransLife Center .
  18. 18. References Brill, S.,& Pepper, R. (2008). The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. San Francisco, CA: Cleis Press. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Infection Among Transgender People, 2011. Garafalo, R., Deleon, J., Osmer, E., Doll, M., Harper, G. Overlooked, misunderstood, and at-risk: Exploring the lives and HIV risk of ethnic minority male-to-female transgender youth. Journal of Adolescent Health 2006;38:230-236. Grant, Jaime M., Lisa A. Mottet, Justin Tanis, Jack Harrison, Jody L. Herman and Mara Keisling. Injustice at Every Turn: A report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Washington: National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2011. Keatley, J. (2008). “Transgender People: Epidemiology and Treatment.” Slide set. Center of Excellence for Transgender Health University of California, San Francisco. 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report. January 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research . and Quality, Rockville, MD.
  19. 19. References National Coalition for LGBT Health’s Disparities Working Group. HEALTH PRIORITIES SLIDE Killerman, Sam. Comprehensive List of LGBTQ Terms & Definitions. It’s Retrieved February 1, 2013 from Live Oak and UCAN (2007). Clinical Philosophy Training Series: Trauma, Violence and Loss, Module 3. Chicago, IL: Live Oak and UCAN. British Columbia Ministry of Health (2005). Harm Reduction: A British Columbia Community Guide. . British Columbia: Ministry of Health. Transgender Law Center (2011). 10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients (Brochure). San Francisco, CA: Transgender Law Center. Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual , and Transgender Issues, NASW (2008). Position Statement, Transgender and Gender Identity Issues. Retrieved February 1, 2013 from cuments/Transgender%202nd %20round%20-%20Clean.pdf