What does it mean to be “Trans”

Trans is a general title given to individuals who do not identify as ‘cis’ or someone who identifies as the gender they were assigned when they were born. ‘Trans’ is usually short for someone who is ‘transitioning’ to the gender they want to become; but this idea has become outdated in itself with the assumption that genitalia defines the gender. 

Gender is a social construct that is evolving within the LGBTQ community and is slowly influencing society as a whole and is finally being seen.

There is a lot of vocabulary in the Trans spectrum of LGBTQ and pronouns tied in with it that at first can be overwhelming. Luckily there are a ton of sources that can help find your spot within it. 

Just to list a few:

Gender Binary – Gender theory where there are only two genders/sexes; Male and Female. 

Trans Woman – A person whose sex assigned at birth was male but whose gender identity is female.

Trans Man – A person whose sex assigned at birth was female but whose gender identity is male.

Non-Binary – Umbrella term for people who don’t identify within the Gender Binary

Cis/Cis-Gendered – A person who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. 


Articles focused on Trans Issues/Politics

There are a ton of political views on Trans rights all over the world, but specifically in USA we are struggling with finding laws that give Trans people equality: Safe access to restrooms, laws that protect them in schools, work places, discrimination from insurance companies; etc. Its good to be aware of the issues but there is also inspiring stories of Trans folk running their own inclusive businesses, finding acceptance within the system they find themselves in, etc. 


Groups focused on Trans

  • “National Center for Transgender Equality” : “The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.”
  • “Queer Theology” – Christian focused LGBTQ resource website for those who are struggling finding themselves within their own faith. Includes podcasts, courses, and resources that help LGBTQ find a safe way to express their faith.
  • “Trans Educators Network” – The Trans Educators Network is a support and community-building focused organization for trans and other PK-12 educators who don’t always fit neatly into systems of gender at school. The Network is open to trans educators and/or anyone whose gender exists outside prescribed lines of male and female, and who works with youth in PK-12 schools. TEN is firmly committed to trans justice, racial justice, and anti-oppression work in education.
  • “Trans Student Educational Resources” – “Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.”
  • Trans Women of Color Collective – “Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) was created to cultivate economic opportunities and affirming spaces for trans people of color and our families, to foster kinship, build community engage in healing and restorative justice through arts, culture, media, advocacy and activism.  “

Resources for Trans People

  • Gender Diversity – “Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.”
  • Trans Lifeline’s Peer Support Hotline – “Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.”
  • “Transgender Care” – “Welcome to the UCSF Transgender Care Navigation Program. We are pleased to offer a range of medical and surgical services for transgender people, as well as an e-consult service for providers within the UCSF Health System, resources for outside providers of transgender care, and a clinical training experience for UCSF residents in Family & Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, and OB-Gyn.  Please feel free to contact me should you have any other questions about our program or services.”
  • Transgender Law Center – “Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.”
  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund – “We are committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.”
  • Trans Lifeline – “Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.” 
  • Trans Youth Equality Foundation – “The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children. “