Practical Guides to Allyship

  • Trans Etiquette
    A succinct list of dos and don'ts for respecting trans classmates and colleagues.

  • How to Be Supportive of Non-Binary Identities
    This resource highlights key terms and facts around non-binary transgender identity, as well has how to be supportive and respectful of non-binary people. Caveat: This document contains two statements that are not particularly accurate, that “most transgender people are not non-binary” and that “most people – including most transgender people – are either male or female.”  Nonbinary people are an increasingly large proportion of the trans community.
  • Video: How to Apologize
    This video explores how to apologize in the face of being called out (or called in) in response to doing something that upholds the oppression of a marginalized group, offering both what to do and what not do to. The content can be applied to a wide range of circumstances and moments of microaggression.
  • PFLAG Guide to Being a Trans Ally
    This is a thorough overview of basic concepts about gender identity and allyship. It is longer than most of the resources here but is fairly easy to skim. The models that this guide uses are a good starting place as long as you remember that they are simplified for easy understanding. Reality is a lot more complicated than what can be presented in a neat chart or diagram.
  • Trans Allyship Workbook
    Written by Smith SSW Sotomayor Fellow Davey Shlasko, this workbook is designed to help you build your understanding of trans communities and develop concrete skills for supporting trans people in your life, with over 100 pages of explanation, activities, illustrations and reflections including:
    • New sections on intersectionality, singular they, and philosophies of allyship
    • Tips and “best practices” for the special allyship situations of parents, teachers, healthcare providers and therapists
    • New activities to help you deepen and practice your allyship skills
    • Extensive glossary to get updated on recent evolutions in trans terminology
    • Resource lists to help you take the next steps in your learning, whether for personal or professional development