What to talk about during Trans Awareness Week
It's Trans Awareness Week! It's a week of celebrating trans pride, and it's also a week-long opportunity for trans allies (and soon-to-be trans allies!) to engage in education and learn how to elevate the voices of our community.
Now more than ever, it's vital to back up your activity with meaningful action to create inclusion, and to have important conversations at work, school and beyond about trans allyship.
If you're just starting to learn about gender diversity and allyship, it can be can be hard to know how to get started! Here's your guide to creating meaningful conversation at work, school and beyond on Trans Awareness Week.
Firstly, remember that each and every one of our Trans Awareness Week Pride Packs come with educational posters filled with ways to be a trans ally (no matter your level of knowledge). You're even able to purchase booklet and poster resources to use all year round!
Here are some of our favourite ways to get conversation started during Trans Awareness Week about what we can all do to stand with our trans colleagues, clients, students, friends, and family.
Why we celebrate Trans Awareness Week
Trans Awareness Week is a chance to celebrate the wonderful trans and gender diverse community. And it's also the perfect, ideal time to educate ourselves and those around us about gender diversity, and the importance of being a trans ally.
This year has been especially challenging for the trans community, including trans and gender diverse young people. A rise in transphobic rhetoric online and in the media, news stories about transphobic violence, and awful commentary about the existence of trans young people has meant that this Trans Awareness Week is more vital and impactful than ever before.
That includes your activity – every morning tea, every lunch helps to create visible inclusion.
If you're unsure how to start a conversation or to begin talking about allyship with your team or group, it can help to watch a video, then reflect on it as a group.
What to watch
Our absolute top pick would have to be Unerased, a 17-part webseries created by queer director AP Pobjoy and which premiered on Minus18's Instagram feed. It follows nine trans and gender diverse teens around Australia as they navigate exams, family, friends, school, and their gender identity.
All too often, conversations about trans young people are missing the voices of trans young people themselves. Here, we hear directly from nine Australian young people about their experiences – and the result is funny, heartbreaking, inspiring, and heartfelt.
- How can we visibly and tangibly be an ally to the trans and gender diverse community?
- Why is it important to include trans young people in conversations about the trans community?
- Why is this visibility so important?
THE IMPORTANCE OF PRONOUNS
Having meaningful conversations can be tough sometimes, so a really great way to incite meaningful discussion is to lead by example. We've found that pronouns are a great springboard for education, and action when it comes to gender diversity.
You could wear a pronoun badge on your lapel or lanyard, and use that as way to start a conversation with your friends, family or colleagues about the importance of respecting pronouns and gender-neutral language. Displaying your pronouns lets others know you'll respect theirs, and normalises conversations about gender.
If someone in your team or group of mates is new to pronouns, that’s okay! That’s what Trans Awareness Week is all about – learning, and getting the conversation started. And our Pride Packs are filled with pronoun-related tips!
What to watch:
- Wearing a pronoun badge is great! So is adding your pronouns to your email signature – it's an action everyone can take in honour of Trans Awareness Week
- Why would seeing an adult respect their pronouns make a big impact to a trans young person?
- Practice using gender neutral language when referring to someone you don't know / that you've just met.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES AND CLIENTS AT WORK
If there's one thing we know, it's that in a workplace, levels of knowledge when it comes to gender diversity and trans allyship are likely going to vary. Our Education Team is here to help – whether you're doing it in person, or digitally.
Attend our Education event as a team
Join us on Wednesday November 15 for a professional training event! This ticketed, digitally live-streamed event is all about Supporting the Trans & Gender Diverse Community.
This is our full-blown LGBTQIA+ training, with a chance to ask questions throughout. It's actually also slightly different to previous Trans Awareness Week educational webinars, so if you've attended before – you can totally attend again!
- Main takeaways from the training session
- If someone tells a joke that’s a little off, how can we gently let them know?
- Are there ways we can make our office more inclusive?
BEING A TRANS ALLY AT SCHOOL
Although schools are looking a little bit different at the moment all over the country, there are still some really great ways to inspire conversation amongst students and staff during Trans Awareness Week.
Listening to others’ experiences is another really easy way of inciting conversation, and being open to different experiences from different people. And when someone in class cracks a transphobic joke, letting them know that that isn’t funny lets trans students (and those that might be figuring out their identity) that they are supported. Standing up against discrimination is a massive way to make an impact and raise awareness.
Videos and content
Earlier this year we recorded a wonderful series of videos (with accompanying articles!) all about parents supporting their LGBTQIA+ children. The videos include perspectives from parents with trans children, but the whole series is a great look at supporting young people, no matter their identity.
Plus, we have HEAPS of articles, filled with tips, information, and guides written with young people in mind.
Know what's most important? Having a good time!
Trans Awareness Week is all celebrating trans pride, and allyship! So make sure you have a good time, and celebrate, along with starting all those important conversations. And remember, trans allyship doesn't stop when Trans Awareness Week is over – make sure your activity inspires meaningful action year-round!