Do You Support Transgender Individuals?
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Supporting a person who is transgender can be displayed by respecting transgender individuals, seeking education surrounding the community, and by standing up/speaking out against jokes, commentary or behaviors that create, or have the potential to create, unsafe environments for transgender people.
Before you can provide support, you need to know what transgender means. It may help you to read Ryan’s interview for the Huffington Post, What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?. This interview covers terminology and identities that may fall underneath the transgender umbrella. It is important to recognize that language and labels take on different meanings to different people, regions, and cultures, so a term that is affirming for one person may feel offensive to another. Listen to the language people use and mirror it when with them. If you are unsure of what a term or word means, ask the person to describe what it means to them.
When Someone Comes Out To You:
The Moment Courage Stepped Into My Life (Guest Blog on Coming Out for Marianne Elliott, 2015)
Co-Workers When You Hear Someone Make an Inappropriate Statement:
Human Resources and Managers Ways to Create More Inclusive Environments:
How to Manage a Job Search as a Transgender Candidate, (Interviewed by U.S. News)
When You Want to Learn More:
When You Have a Transgender Patient or Client:
Lessons from a Transgender Patient for Healthcare Professionals, (Article Ryan wrote for the AMA Journal of Ethics, November 2016)
Transgender Health: Eliminating Inequalities and Strengthening Clinician-Patient Relationships, (Co-authored article for the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 2015)
When You Work with Family Members:
Finding Trans-Inclusive College and University Campuses for Your Transgender Child, (New Article, January 2017)
When You Work with Students:
Navigating Schools in this Time of Disruption for Transgender Students (article by Ryan, 02/24/17)
Can We Adapt Sex Ed for the New LGBT-Inclusive America? (Interviewed by Think Progress, August 2015)