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2SLGBTQ+ Resources: Gender Identity & Expression

This guide provides access to resources on 2SLGBTQ+ issues in Canada and NS, as well as statistics and links to community organizations. It was developed in consultation with NSCC's Office of Human Rights and Equity Services.

Overview

Nova Scotia flag with Canadian flag and Pride rainbow flagWhat is Gender Identity?  

Gender identity is the internal sense a person has of their identity as male and/or female; and/or a variation or combination of genders. Today, more people feel comfortable to come out regarding their gender identity. It can be a long path to discover and embrace your true self. If your gender does not match your sex, you may even take steps to have your body represent who you really are.

Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary

Some people identify as gender nonconforming. Nonconforming means their appearance does not match what we might expect for a female or male. Someone who is nonbinary feels they are neither male nor female, but their gender is somewhere outside of those ideas.  

Trans or Genderqueer

People who are trans or genderqueer are more likely to be harassed or assaulted. They may also have more mental health challenges due to stigma around their identity.

Two-Spirited

People from Indigenous communities in North America may use the term Two-Spirited. Two-spirited means being of both genders, or as a third separate gender.

It is important to note that gender identity is separate from sexuality. While some Trans, Genderqueer or Two-spirited people may also be lesbian, gay, bi or pansexual, or queer, many are not.

 

Source

Searching for LGBTQ Health. (n.d.). Trans community. Retrieved from http://lgbtqhealth.ca/

Websites

Books

Gender : What Everyone Needs to Know®

Gender : What Everyone Needs to Know®

The term "gender" was first distinguished from "sex" in the 1950s when psychologists began to discuss the idea of "gender roles," behaviors and responsibilities given to people by a society rather than flowing from their biology. Since then, leaders across disciplines have sought to better understand the roles of biology, psychology, and culture on gender.

Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma

Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma

Exploring how the essentialism of the gender binary impacts on clients of all genders, this ground-breaking book examines how historical, social and culturally gendered trauma emerges in clinical settings. Weaving together systemic ideas, autoethnography, narrative therapy and somatic experiencing, the book charts the history of the gender binary and its roots in colonialism, as well as the way this culture is perpetuated intergenerationally, and the impact this trauma has on all bodies, gender identities and experiences.

The ABC's of LGBT+

The ABC's of LGBT+

Are you seeking a deeper understanding of gender identity and sexual identity? The ABCs of LGBT+ is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity and sexual identity.

You and Your Gender Identity

You and Your Gender Identity

This guide helps you navigate your journey of self-discovery in three approachable stages: preparation, reflection, and exploration.

Gender Identity: Beyond pronouns and bathrooms

Gender Identity: Beyond pronouns and bathrooms

An informative and project-filled book to explore the meaning and history behind LGBTQ rights movements, including biographies of key figures in gender and gay/lesbian history, the context behind today's transgender "bathroom wars" and dozens of activities and research ideas for perspectives and further learning.

Nonbinary: Memoirs of gender and identity

Nonbinary: Memoirs of gender and identity

In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences are shaped by a deeply entrenched gender binary.

Under the rainbow : a primer on queer issues in Canada

Under the rainbow : a primer on queer issues in Canada

Framed through a life-course perspective, this book provides an overview of the historical and contemporary issues in the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and/or queer folk.

Queer: a Graphic History

Queer: a Graphic History

Barker and Scheele invite you to question the status quo and to start seeing things more queerly.

The Unfinished Dollhouse: a memoir of gender and identity

The Unfinished Dollhouse: a memoir of gender and identity

Frankie expressed no interest in such typically girlish pursuits because Frankie was transgendered. In the years to follow, Frankie's parents experienced an education in parenting a child transitioning from female to male, learning how to deal with Frankie and the rest of the world's reaction.

Beyond Trans: Does gender matter?

Beyond Trans: Does gender matter?

Goes beyond transgender to question the need for gender classification Beyond Trans pushes the conversation on gender identity to its limits: questioning the need for gender categories in the first place.

The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: from Ace to Ze

The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: from Ace to Ze

This A-Z glossary of trans and queer words and phrases explains specific terminology and contextualises terms within transgender history. By dispelling myths about "correct" language, this guide will serve as an accessible introduction to more informed conversations around gender and sexuality.

Nonbinary Gender Identities

Nonbinary Gender Identities

Nonbinary gender identities are those that fall outside the traditional binary of "man" and "woman." These include genderfluid, androgynous, genderqueer, and a multitude of other identity terms, some of which overlap. Although there have always been people who identify outside the gender binary, only recently have they gained popular media attention.

Queeriodic Table

Queeriodic Table

Celebrate the richness of modern queer culture and its vast history with this fascinating introduction to all the essential elements that helped sculpt the LGBTQ+ community up to the present day.

The Trans Generation: how trans kids (and their parents) are creating a gender revolution

The Trans Generation: how trans kids (and their parents) are creating a gender revolution

A groundbreaking look at the lives of transgender children and their families Some "boys" will only wear dresses; some "girls" refuse to wear dresses; in both cases, these are often more than just wardrobe choices.

A Practical Guide to Gender Diversity and Sexuality in Early Years

eBook - A Practical Guide to Gender Diversity and Sexuality in Early Years

Aiding discussion of gender diversity and sexuality with very young children, this practical guide helps practitioners explore these themes in early years settings.

Queerly Canadian : an introductory reader in sexuality studies

Queerly Canadian : an introductory reader in sexuality studies

In this remarkable and comprehensive anthology, many of Canada's leading sexuality studies scholars examine the fundamental role that sexuality has played ― and continues to play ― in the building of our nation, and in our national narratives, myths, and anxieties about Canadian identity.

In a Queer Voice

eBook - In a Queer Voice

Adolescence is a difficult time, but it can be particularly stressful for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying youth. In order to avoid harassment and rejection, many LGBTQ teens hide their identities from their families, peers, and even themselves.

Transgender Mental Health

eBook - Transgender Mental Health

Societal awareness of transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) individuals is greater now than at any point in history, owing to the education of policy makers by advocacy organizations, the education of clinicians by research and scientific organizations, and the education of the general public by movies, television, and other media. However, most professional training programs for mental health professionals provide little to no education regarding gender diversity.

Violence Against Queer People

eBook- Violence Against Queer People

Violence against lesbians and gay men has increasingly captured media and scholarly attention. But these reports tend to focus on one segment of the LGBT community--white, middle class men--and largely ignore that part of the community that arguably suffers a larger share of the violence--racial minorities, the poor, and women.

Queer X Design

Queer X Design

The first-ever illustrated history of the iconic designs, symbols, and graphic art representing more than 5 decades of LGBTQ pride and activism--from the evolution of Gilbert Baker's rainbow flag to the NYC Pride typeface launched in 2017 and beyond.

Transgender 101

Transgender 101

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes.

Fair Play

This important and accessible book about the evolving treatment of LGBTQ athletes in organized sports should be required reading for anyone involved in the playing, coaching, and administration of organized sports.

eBook - LGBT Families

LGBT Families presents a comprehensive yet accessible understanding of LGBT families today by drawing upon and making sense of the burgeoning scholarly literature about LGBT families from the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries.

This Book Is Gay

This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.

You're in the Wrong Bathroom!

Debunks the twenty-one most common myths and misperceptions about transgender issues From Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner to Thomas Beatie ("the pregnant man") and transgender youth, coverage of trans lives has been exploding-yet so much misinformation persists

eBook - LGBTQ Stats: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people by the numbers

LGBTQ Stats chronicles the ongoing LGBTQ revolution, providing the critical statistics, and draws upon and synthesizes newly collected data.

e-Book - LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: providing a window for all

The purpose of this book is to share GLBTQIA children's and young adult (YA) literature, along with questioning strategies and scenarios to use with all students -- as a mirror for GLBTQIA children and as a window for others.

Video

Pronouns | Trans | One Word | By Cut. (2015) YouTube.

Cut invited trans individuals to respond to the word "pronouns." These are their responses.

 

Raising Owen: A Genderqueer Love Story. By Meg Brown. Vimeo.

Raising Owen is a documentary about one parent’s love and acceptance of their genderqueer child, Owen.