The University of Missouri utilizes trans as an umbrella term for people who transgress or transcend our normative notions of gender. This term includes but is not limited to those who identify as transgender, transsexual, agender, bigender, genderqueer, genderfluid, two spirit, gender non-conforming, etc.
What are pronouns?
Pronouns are words we use to replace nouns, and in this case, refer to people without using their name.
You probably already know about the binary pronoun sets “he/him” and “she/her”. But there are many other pronouns out there that trans and gender-nonconforming people may use! You already use the gender neutral pronouns “they/them” without even thinking about it.
More pronoun examples:
How do I know what pronouns to use?
Never assume anyone’s pronouns. It is often good practice to ask someone what pronouns they use before referring to them. You can help normalize pronoun discussion by introducing yourself with your pronouns; i.e. “Hi, my name is _____ and I use she/her pronouns.”
What if I mess up?
It is okay to mess up! We all do it. Just make sure to apologize, correct yourself, and move on. Making a big deal out of the misstep is uncomfortable for everyone.
Oasis is a trans-focused student org which aims to include all who identify outside of their gender assigned at birth, while uplifting the most marginalized in the community through the promotion of intersectionality in conversation. We will facilitate discussions on different topics and organize a taskforce that addresses the concerns of trans students on campus.
Closed meetings (limited to trans or gender-nonconforming individuals) are in the LGBTQ Resource Center. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting times!
The most up to date listing of gender neutral bathrooms can found on the GoMizzou app by going to “Maps” and searching “bathroom”. They will be listed alphabetically, by building name.
A map of gender neutral bathrooms can be found on MSA’s website here: http://msa.missouri.edu/gender-neutral-restrooms/. ***Please note, this map is not updated regularly. GoMizzou has more up to date information
Transgender Health Network – contains a list of trans-friendly providers in the mid-Missouri area
Advocates for Youth – http://www.advocatesforyouth.org
Janet Mock – http://janetmock.com/
Transgender Health Information Program – http://transhealth.phsa.ca/
International Foundation on Gender Education – www.ifge.org
Transgender Law – www.transgenderlaw.org
National Center for Transgender Equality – www.nctequality.org
Sylvia Rivera Law Project – www.srlp.org
What did we miss? What resources do you use? We’re always looking for more! Send them to us: email@example.com