TRANS EDUCATION

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The following links to information and resources are a helpful introduction to understanding the transgender experience as well as how to make homes, congregations, and communities more safe and welcoming to transgender people. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People – Transgender people come from every region of the United States and around the world, from every racial and ethnic background, and from every faith community. Transgender people are your classmates, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. With approximately 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States—and millions more around the world—chances are that you’ve met a transgender person, even if you don’t know it.
  • Understanding Gender – Understandings of gender continually evolve. In the course of a person’s life, the interests, activities, clothing and professions that are considered the domain of one gender or another evolve in ways both small and large. This has perhaps never been more true than it is now. The data show that today’s young people have significantly different understandings of gender than previous generations, with consequences for all children, families, organizations and institutions. 
  • On Gender Dysphoria – Gender identity refers to an innate and deeply felt psychological identification as a female, male, or some other non-binary gender. Gender identity may be congruent or incongruent with the sex assigned at birth. Gender dysphoria refers to the discomfort or distress that gender incongruence may cause. If the distress is clinically significant, the individual may need gender-affirming treatment. The overall aim of this thesis is to further our understanding of gender dysphoria regarding neurobiological characteristics, epidemiology, and health following gender-affirming treatment.
  • Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life – Learning to be an ally to the transgender people in your life, or to transgender people overall, is an ongoing process. Some ways to be a good ally are relatively simple and easy, while others require more time, energy, and commitment. Whether you’re looking for information on supporting a transgender person in your life or looking for tools that will help you to change the world to be better for transgender people overall, this guide can help.
  • AIS-DSD Support Group – dedicated to helping those with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) and Differences of Sex Development (DSD)/ Intersex
  • “Me My Sex And I” – a documentary about individuals affected by Intersex and Differences of Sex Development.
  • The Future of Sex and Gender in Psychology: Five Challenges to the Gender Binary – “The view that humans comprise only two types of beings, women and men, a framework that is sometimes referred to as the “gender binary,” played a profound role in shaping the history of psychological science. In recent years, serious challenges to the gender binary have arisen from both academic research and social activism. This review describes 5 sets of empirical findings, spanning multiple disciplines, that fundamentally undermine the gender binary.”
  • What does the scholarly research say about the effect of gender transition on transgender well-being? – “This search found a robust international consensus in the peer-reviewed literature that gender transition, including medical treatments such as hormone therapy and surgeries, improves the overall well-being of transgender individuals. The literature also indicates that greater availability of medical and social support for gender transition contributes to better quality of life for those who identify as transgender.”
  • “Science vs. Dogma: Biology Challenges the LDS Paradigm” – “Recent research has shown that a combination of genetic and (mostly) epigenetic factors act during fetal development to imprint sexual preference and gender identity indelibly within the brain. Dr. Greg Prince argues that this recent research calls for a reassessment of Latter-day Saint doctrines, policies, and attitudes towards sexuality and gender identity.”
  • The Family Acceptance Project – is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.
  • Hopkins Faculty Disavow ‘troubling’ Report on Gender and Sexuality – Johns Hopkins faculty separate themselves from controversial report “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological and Psychological and Social Sciences,” which was not published in the scientific literature, where it would have been subject to rigorous peer review prior to publication. It purports to detail the science of this area, but it falls short of being a comprehensive review.
  • Q&A with Dr. Cecilia Dhejne – who is an MD, board certified psychiatrist, fellow of the European Committee of Sexual medicine and clinical sexologist (NACS), and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). She founded the Stockholm Gender Team and has worked with transgender health for nearly 30 years. As a medical adviser to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, she focused on improving transgender health and legal rights for transgender people.
  • The Path of Least Desistance: Dismantling the Transgender Desistance Myth – “There is an oft-quoted claim that 85% of children with gender dysphoria will “desist”, that is they will stop feeling dysphoric and accept their gender assigned at birth, by the time they reach adolescence… The problem with this 85% figure is that it isn’t actually based on reliable data. It is based on a small body of data involving cohorts of patients in both Canada and the Netherlands, much of it collected in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and there are a number of valid criticisms of the conclusions…”
  • Developing Trans*Competence: A Guide for Meditation and Retreat Centers – This guide offers a vision for how to make religious spaces fully welcoming to transgender practitioners. By breaking down common problems faced by trans* folks when visiting spiritual centers, the guide offers a deeper understanding of trans* people’s experiences as well as structural solutions that can be implemented in religious settings.
  • The Way We Think About Biological Sex is Wrong: TEDWomen 2018 – Almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex — with biology that doesn’t fit the standard definition of male or female. At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in this wise, funny talk, she shares eye-opening lessons from a life spent navigating society’s thoughtless expectations, doctors who demanded she get unnecessary surgery — and advocating for herself and the incredible variety that humans come in.
  • Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents – As a traditionally underserved population that faces numerous health disparities, youth who identify as transgender and gender diverse (TGD) and their families are increasingly presenting to pediatric providers for education, care, and referrals. The need for more formal training, standardized treatment, and research on safety and medical outcomes often leaves providers feeling ill equipped to support and care for patients that identify as TGD and families. In this policy statement, we review relevant concepts and challenges and provide suggestions for pediatric providers that are focused on promoting the health and positive development of youth that identify as TGD while eliminating discrimination and stigma.
  • Radiolab Presents: Gonads – a multi-episode journey deep into the parts of us that let us make more of us. This podcast explores the primordial roots of our drive to reproduce, introduces a revolutionary fertility procedure that sounds like science fiction, reveals a profound secret about gender that lives inside all of us, and calls on writers, educators, musicians, artists and comedians to debate how we’re supposed to talk to kids about sex.