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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Trans Awareness Week

Trans Awareness Week

The week leads up to the Trans Day of Remembrance that was created to remember the lives of trans people we have lost to violence against our communities.

Trans is an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth

Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer.

It is important to remember:

  • Trans identities are diverse. Trans people may identify in lots of different ways.
  • Not everyone identifies as ‘male’ or ‘female’. Sometimes, people assume that being trans is about feeling you are the ‘opposite’ gender. This is true for some trans people, but not for others. This assumption makes things difficult for those who identify outside of ‘male’ or ‘female’, for example non-binary people. A non-binary person may need some different things to feel comfortable to, for example, a trans person who identifies as ‘male’.
  • Not every trans person will want to transition but may still like, or benefit from, ongoing support of some kind.
  • Language is important. People sometimes worry about using the correct language when talking about gender identity and are often concerned about ‘getting it wrong’.

Guide to Being a Trans Ally