The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills


Eli R. Green, CSE, and Luca Maurer, CSE, have published a book, 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.  

 

Using a “create your own training” model, facilitators have 30 lessons to choose from and combine to create their own transgender training. These include 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 also 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, participants will be well prepared to acknowledge, support, and engage with transgender people in an affirming manner. A portion of the proceeds from The Teaching Transgender Toolkit will be donated to support the work of transgender-led and serving organizations who focus on providing services to and advocating for the most marginalized members of transgender communities; particularly transgender people of color and transgender people in rural communities.

 

Published by Out for Health & Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL), the first Planned Parenthood affiliate in New York State to offer transgender hormone therapy and preventive care services. PPSFL is proud to be a leader in providing LGBT programming, training, advocacy, and resources since the 1980s.

 

Transgender people are in our families, our communities, our workplaces, our faith communities, and our schools - they are part of the fabric of our society. Yet stigma and discrimination can make it extraordinarily difficult for transgender people to make their way in the world, and for everyone to learn accurate information about the lives and experiences of transgender people. Education and empathy are first steps toward making a difference and building a more inclusive society in which everyone may fully participate and is treated with dignity and respect. We hope our work inspires and equips others to make just such a difference. Please visit TeachingTransgender.com for more information.

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