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Can we do these activities in a way that includes those with a transgender or intersex identity, whether they are “out” or not?
This is a difficult issue. It is always a challenge to model the kind of gender-inclusive community we want to see in the world, while recognizing the realities of living in a world which generally recognizes two genders (“gender binary”), each associated with a specific biological sex. Yet, participants who do identify as male or female benefit from time with others of their gender identity. Here are some considerations for creating a gender-affirming Our Whole Lives (OWL) community:
Even if no participants ever utilize any of the transgender options at any time in the program, they will remember that space was intentionally made for people under the transgender umbrella. As a result, they may be more likely to remember, include, or demand a space for trans people in their own communities.
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Last updated on Monday, November 7, 2011.
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