Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday May 24, 2015 - Simmons College

Simmons College is launching A campaign designed to shift the conversation away from the problematic questions that are often asked of the members transgender community and foster a more progressive dialogue.

I am participating in Trans*forming the Dialogue, Simmons College’s Online MSW Program’s campaign to promote an educational conversation about the transgender community. By participating in this campaign, I will be offering my perspective on what TO ask and what NOT to ask trans*people. (See questions below)

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons College encompasses the many benefits of a small university in the nation's best "college town." We've held true to our founding principle of inclusion — embracing students from all backgrounds to create an environment of true religious, cultural, racial, sexual orientation, gender expression and ability diversity. They were also one of the first women's colleges to formalize an inclusive  transgender admission policy.

 What are the do’s and don'ts when asking a trans*person about their experiences?
  • What are 2 - 3 questions that one should NOT be asking a transgender person?
1) Do not ask about sexual questions when first meeting someone.
2) When first meeting someone, do not mention that they look transgendered.

  • What are 2 - 3 questions (or as many as you like) that one SHOULD be asking a transgender person?
1) Treat the person like any other person presenting in that gender.
2) Let the person bring up the transgender issue.

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