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As an increasing number of transgender people come out, there is an increased need for the provision of culturally competent and fully inclusive trainings to help create a world that is more affirming of transgender people. This is a critical time for transgender people and related rights – the backlash toward greater acceptance of people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual is being targeted toward transgender people.  As we see from places like Houston, Texas, fear, misinformation, and ignorance about transgender people are being used as a catalyst for campaigns to strip transgender people of their rights.  Education and training is an essential component in protecting and expanding the rights of transgender people.  Up until now, there have been limited resources available for facilitators and trainers to use while leading these efforts.  To address this gap, Dr. Eli R. Green & Luca Maurer, MS, have written The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills.

The Teaching Transgender Toolkit is a detailed collection of best practices, lesson plans and resources for those who wish to facilitate trainings about transgender people, identities and experiences. The first of its kind, this book translates the authors’ decades of experience leading transgender-related trainings and educational best practices into a guide that can be used by trainers of all levels to provide accurate and effective trainings.   Whether you are a novice who has never led a training before, or you are an expert trainer or an expert on transgender identities, the Teaching Transgender Toolkit has something for you!

Using a “create your own training” model, facilitators have 30 lessons to choose from and combine to create their own transgender training. There are 12 foundational lessons which help build participants’ basic knowledge about transgender people, reduce anti-transgender prejudice, and build ally skills. These lessons are ideal for use with college students, community groups, faith communities, parents/family groups, and more. There are 12 professional development lessons that, when used in combination with the foundational lessons, will help providers build skills towards providing transgender affirming services, including: K-12 professionals, college/university professional staff, medical, mental health and social service providers.

With particular attention paid to intersectional approaches and marginalized identities, these lessons are complemented by extensive foundational knowledge about transgender people’s identities and experiences, detailed guidance on how to plan, facilitate, and navigate the nuances of teaching about transgender-related topics, and resources to build further knowledge. As a result of these trainings, your participants will be well prepared to acknowledge, support, and engage with transgender people in an affirming manner.

 

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Green, E.R. & Maurer, L.M. (2015). The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills.  Ithaca, NY: Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes: Out for Health.  ISBN: 978-0-9966783-0-8