How to be a Trans Ally

People often ask me how to be a better ally to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The first thing I tell them is try to put yourself in the shoes of a trans or gender non-conforming (GNC) individual. Imagine that the body you were born in is betraying you every day. Imagine the feeling that you were born in the wrong skin. Imagine looking in the mirror every day and seeing the wrong person looking back at you.

That being said, there are some easy solutions to how to be a better ally to us:

Survey says LGB youth need our protection

Accelerated action is needed to protect the health and wellbeing of our lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth, according to study results just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Findings from the report, Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12, show that LGB students experience physical and sexual violence and bullying at much higher levels than their straight peers.

The CDC discovered that LGB youth are significantly more likely to report:

  • Being forced to have sex (18% LGB vs. 5% straight)
  • Sexual dating violence (23% LGB vs. 9% straight)
  • Physical dating violence (18% LGB vs. 8% straight)
  • Being bullied at school (34% LGB vs. 19% straight)
  • Being bulled online (28% LGB vs. 14% straight)