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Cisgender Privilege Checklist

Keshet provides this group exercise, which can also be used individually. It highlights the structural systems of transphobia, gender oppression, and gender privilege that operate on daily basis.

CBST Trans Ally Guidelines

These are some simple guidelines to help you support transgender people.

Action Steps for Being a Trans Ally

Seven quick suggestions from Samuel Lurie on how to be a better ally.

Suggested Rules for Non-Transsexuals Writing about Transsexuals, Transsexuality, Transsexualism, or Trans [more]
Trans Etiquette [more]
Use Of Sports And Leisure Facilities By Trans People [more]
Asking Questions [more]
Trans Respect 101

This 9 page document from Micah Bazant, published by TransTorah, is a wonderful guide to etiquette, respect, and how to be most supportive to transgender people

Trans Inclusion Policy Manual for Women's Organizations [more]
52 Things You Can Do for Transgender Equality [more]
Transgender: Identity, Welcome, and Resources

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) reference document with definitions and welcoming tips, suitable for use as a handout.

Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People

Outlines practical steps and strategies that organizations should consider when working to become more inclusive of transgender people. Includes keys to success, in-depth discussion, action suggestions, and case studies.

Tips for Allies

This quick guide for allies is just two pages with 16 quick tips for allies, prepared by trans@MIT.


Practical Tips for Allies

Key Points

The most practical things for allies to do is to educate ourselves, so trans people don't have to do it for us.  If you know the basics, then that leaves more time and space to hear the unique and particular stories of your family, friends, and clients.

  • Treat all people with respect
  • Don't make assumptions
  • Take care with people's privacy and personal boundaries.
  • Learn the basics
  • Then move on to practical issues of how to be more supportive (see resources on this page)

Going Deeper

In addition to more detailed articles listed on this page, the following pages include highlights, organized by the type of ally activity.

For Individual Allies
For Organizational Allies|(esp. LGBT)
For Faith Communities