For newly learning, and allys brushing up, ’cause understandings of gender continually evolve.

Gender 101

for Families, Allies and Professionals

Inclusion and Etiquette

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As we all work to be inclusive and respectful, we don’t always know what to do. Here is a non-exhaustive guide to help each of us in our quest to embody our ideals.


Nonbinary, Genderfluid and Gender Expansive Youth


Understanding Nonbinary, Gender fluid and Gender Expansive Youth; FAQ for Parents and Guardians from a trusted source, the Human Rights Campaign.


The Gender Elephant

Transgender activists: ‘gender unicorn’ is passé; time for the ‘gender elephant’


The Gender Galaxy

Gender’s not binary, it’s also not a spectrum. Allow students to explore gender through endless possibilities in the Gender Galaxy!  Definitions and Activities included.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights Gender Galaxy


Transgender Themed Glossary

From Julia Serano, the author of the Whipping Girl


Understanding Gender

from Gender Spectrum

A person’s gender is the complex interrelationship between three dimensions: body, identity, and social gender. 

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What We Know About Gender

Cornell University

What does the scholarly research say about the effect of gender transition on transgender well-being? We conducted a systematic literature review of all peer-reviewed articles published in English between 1991 and June 2017.


Intersex 101

Intersex 101

A helpful start to understanding “Intersex”, and umbrella term that refers to people who are born with any of a range of characteristics that may not fit traditional conceptions about male or female bodies.


Gender 101

Pronouns and Language

All About Pronouns

Ash Hardell talks All About Pronouns

Ash Hardell (they/them)

He! She! …Xe? Zed? They as a singular? Multiple? Other? A good starting place to become a pronoun profesh!


Language Matters
Why you should always say “transgender” instead of “transgendered”
Pronoun Fact Sheet

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Make sure you are using pronouns correctly.  There is a link to a game to help practice at the end of the pdf!


What are Pronouns?

Minus 18's What Are Pronouns and Why Are They Important?

A video by genderqueer young people explaining the importance of pronouns.  I wish it said “pronouns are not optional”, but still is an extremely useful introduction.


Here’s our guide on what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use new ones and support your trans friends!


colorful cut out people representing different gender identities

The what, why and how when using pronouns, including singular “they”, and  what to do when you make a mistake.  Helpful vidoes included.