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Supporting the Transgender Community

Unity of Oak Park celebrates the transgender community and wishes to provide this guide to help people better understand transgender identities. This guide aims to clarify some terms and concepts related to gender identity and expression.

What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?

An individual is transgender when their internal gender identity does not match the gender they were assigned at birth. This experience is deeply personal and can vary greatly among individuals. It's important to recognize and respect each person's journey and self-identification.

What Is Cisgender?

Cisgender refers to an individual whose gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth. For example, a person assigned female at birth and who identifies as a woman is cisgender.

Non-Binary / Enby

A non-binary individual does not identify strictly as male or female. This identity encompasses a wide range of gender experiences and expressions. An individual's presentation—whether masculine, feminine, androgynous, or any other expression—does not necessarily correlate with their internal identity. Non-binary people may use they/them pronouns, but it's essential to ask and use the pronouns an individual prefers.

Transgender Woman

A transgender woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. Her gender identity is female, and this identity may or may not involve medical or social transition processes. It's crucial to respect her identity by using her chosen name and pronouns.

Transgender Man

A transgender man is a man who was assigned female at birth. He identifies as male, and similar to transgender women, his journey towards living as his authentic self may include various forms of transition. Always use his chosen name and pronouns.

Understanding Genderqueer and Genderfluid Identities

Genderqueer is a term used by some people who do not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identify with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.

Genderfluid refers to a person whose gender identity is not fixed. A genderfluid person's identity may change over time, and they may feel more male on some days and more female on others, or they may feel like neither at any time.

Pronouns and Respect

Using the correct pronouns for someone is a basic form of respect. While many are familiar with he/him and she/her pronouns, non-binary individuals might use they/them or other pronouns. Always ask for someone's pronouns if you're unsure and strive to use them correctly.

Supporting the Transgender Community

Supporting the transgender community involves educating oneself, listening to transgender people's experiences, advocating for their rights, and standing against discrimination. Unity of Oak Park encourages an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and respect for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity.

Supporting all of our Journeys toward Acceptance & Love

This guide is an introductory resource designed to foster a greater understanding and respect for the diversity of gender identities. Let's continue to learn from and support each other in our journeys toward acceptance and love.

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