Introductory Terms

Welcome to the Guided Tour for Introductory Terms! This list of terms should help give you the basics for understanding much of the Primer and the most common terms you’re likely to run into in the trans+ community. Please also check out our list of further reading to gain expanded context at the bottom of the page!

Further Reading to gain Expanded Context:

Language Resources:
How not to say the wrong thing | LA Times

How to Be Human: Talking to Transgender or Nonbinary People | Healthline

Data + Research:

2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report

National Trans Discrimination Survey | LGBTQ Task Force

The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools | GLSEN

What the Research Says About Hormones and Surgery for Transgender Youth | The Journalist’s Resource

Campaigners ‘astonished’ at lack of complaints over Glasgow Life trans policy | Evening Glasgow Times

Twitter thread on trans children and affirming healthcare | Ruth Pearce

Youth Resources:

Trans Summer School | Scarleteen

Queer Kids Stuff


Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators | PBS

Trans Youth Equality Foundation

Mermaids UK

Live Out Loud

Espectro del género

Camp Aranu’tiq

LGBTQ College Culture Guide

The majority of these resources are not affiliated with the TLP and we can’t guarantee accuracy, services, or products. Community accountability is important, so if there’s something we should know about a resource listed here or if you’d like to recommend a resource, please let us know.

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