Supporting Transgender People

The Pride Resource Center and the Women and Gender Advocacy center have created educational resources aimed at supporting the transgender community at CSU. Please read below for details about each resource:

Poster: This poster is intended to raise awareness and skills about some of the experiences trans students often face. While displaying the poster is a great way to demonstrate support, it is important to remember that this is only one small step. In addition to hanging this poster, we invite folks to explore the specific barriers that trans students may face in your areas/offices/services. Posters are available at the main desks of the Pride Resource Center (236 Lory Student Center) and in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center’s main office (112 Student Services Building) during regular business hours.

Stickers: In addition to our poster, we have also created two stickers. There are two versions and we ask that you take the sticker that feels most appropriate for your use and identities. The sticker saying “We won’t be Erased” is specifically for folks who identify within the trans and non-binary community. This saying stems from a hashtag that trended well after the memo was released from the current presidential administration, it is a phrase of empowerment and resistance only meant for folks in the community… Hence the use of “We”. The sticker saying “Gender is not a binary” is meant for folks who are in support of, advocate for, and are in active solidarity with the trans and non-binary community. Again, feel free to take the sticker that best meets your use and identities. Posters are available at the main desks of the Pride Resource Center (236 Lory Student Center) and in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center’s main office (112 Student Services Building) during regular business hours.

If you would like to learn more, check out these resources below:

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With an increase in visibility in the media and society, members of the transgender community also face an increase in violence and discrimination. The tips below are not one-size-fits-all model, they are a starting point for engaging in the culture change needed to make society a better, safer place for transgender, non-binary and agender folks. Using these tips as a guide AND always remain open to feedback if folks in your life need something additional or different. Together we can end transphobia at CSU.

Transphobic Phrases

Transphobic slurs are extremely degrading and designed to harm. Incorporate words like "cisgender" when referring to non-transgender folds instead of words like "normal." This removes the implication that transgender people are "other" or "unusual."

"You don't look trans."
"What's your real name?"
Transgendered."
"Ladies and Gentlemen."
"Real Women/Men"
Gender Identity VS Sexual Orientation

Someone's gender identity doesn't indicate their sexual or romantic orientation - these are separate and distinct from each other. Don't assume that you know who someone is in to. Trans people can be gay, bisexual, lesbian, straight, asexual, aromantic, queer, etc.

Active Allyship

Carry the load: A transgender person does not have to be present for you to practice allyship. Challenge transphobia whenever you encounter it

Educate Yourself: It's hard to know everything about everything. However, that doesn't absolve you from trying to educate yourself. Use social media, blogs, websites, and books to educate on the issues facing trans communities.

Apologize: We are all going to mess up. When you do, apologize, learn and move on. Don't make it about you.

Not Cool to Ask

"Real" Name: A person's real name is the name that they present to you. Asking someone what their real name is implies that their chosen name is invalid and is a from of outing their transgender identity. Always use the name that any transgender person tells you.

Transition status: There's no need to find out about someone's past, what they look like, if they transitioned, or if they plan to transition. There questions could potentially "out" someone and put them at risk for harm and discrimination.

Pronouns

Don't assume you know someone's gender pronouns. Always use the pronouns that a person prefers. Unsure about that? Just ask! It's also a good habit and sign of allyship to introduce your pronouns to anyone you meet.

Examples of commonly used pronouns are:
They/them/theirs
Ze/hir/hirs
She/her/hers
Per/per/pers
He/him/his