So you want to be a trans ally…

How Can I Make My Classroom Trans-Friendly?

A question most teachers probably don’t consider — until they have to

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Image: Zackary Drucker, The Gender Spectrum Collection

So… where to begin?

So you have a trans student. What now?

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Image: Zackary Drucker, The Gender Spectrum Collection

First, remind yourself of these 3 things:

1. All behavior is communication

2. It’s important to challenge gender (or sex-based) stereotypes every time you see and hear them

3. Just because a student “fits” a gender stereotype (like hyper-masculine or feminine), that doesn’t always mean that’s who they are at their core

Here’s why this matters:

A few practical ideas any teacher can do right now to create a more trans-friendly classroom

1. Choose language carefully

2. Avoid segregating groups by gender

3. Use gender-inclusive signs & visuals whenever possible

4. Find ways to integrate notions of gender into the material you’re already teaching

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