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Non-Binary Transition 2015

Cb51b7f8c6a58f4de3ffd4f73b44b469?s=47 Micah
August 19, 2015
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Non-Binary Transition 2015

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See 3-part video series of presentation: http://neutrois.me/non-binary-transition/

View slides alongside speaker notes (essentially a transcript of the presentation): https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Oc4k3Q6rr5sCq_bYSvTe3qnawN_fCs9pbqYwimXhj0/pub

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I presented this 90 minute workshop at the Gender Odyssey Professional Conference, held in Seattle, August 2015. The audience was primarily medical and service providers of trans health. For more info, visit http://www.genderdiversity.org/gopro/
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Workshop Description

More people are identifying outside the binary, feeling their gender does not fit into a male or female box. For these folks, as well as for the professionals supporting them, questions surrounding transition are often left unanswered.

What does a non-standard transition route look like?
Is this quickly becoming the norm?
Does it even exist?

This workshop explores the myriad options people have, covering social, medical, and legal transition needs. It includes busting myths and clarifying misconceptions, outlining alternatives and loopholes, and developing strategies for empowering you and your clients in their transgender journey.

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Micah

August 19, 2015
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  1. M I C A H neutrois.me N O N -

    B I N A RY T R A N S I T I O N F O R M E D I C A L A N D S E R V I C E P R O V I D E R S
  2. W H O A M I ?

  3. transgender advocate blogger writer conference speaker 5’0 tall wears bright

    shirts M I C A H : Yo u r H o s t
  4. O V E R V I E W 4 W

    H AT I S G E N D E R ? Transgender Non-Binary W H AT I S T R A N S I T I O N ? Parts and Process Transition Goals T R A N S I T I O N Social Medical Legal
  5. W H AT I S G E N D E

    R ?
  6. W H AT I S G E N D E

    R ? G E N D E R 6 M A L E F E M A L E
  7. P H Y S I C A L • height

    • hair • skin • facial structure • muscle mass • voice S E C O N D A RY P R I M A RY • chromosomes • genitals • reproductive organs • hormones G E N D E R 7
  8. S O C I A L • name • pronouns

    • clothing • mannerisms • personality • hobbies C U E S P E R C E P T I O N • gender expression • gender roles • expectations • relationships G E N D E R 8
  9. L E G A L • marriage • parenting •

    employment • athletics • insurance • safety R I G H T S D O C U M E N T S • birth certificate • marriage certificate • death certificate • social security • insurance • ID cards • driver’s license • school records • library card • gym membership G E N D E R 9
  10. HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR GENDER?

  11. W H AT I S T R A N S

    G E N D E R ?
  12. A PA ( A m e r i c a

    n P s y c h o l o g i c a l A s s o c i a t i o n ) “Transgender is an umbrella term for anyone whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth”
  13. T I T L E I D E N T

    I T I E S T R A N S G E N D E R T R A N S W O M A N T R A N S M A N identifies with gender assigned at birth does not identify with gender assigned at birth assigned male, identifies as a woman assigned female, identifies as a man G E N D E R C I S G E N D E R 13
  14. W H AT D O E S T R A

    N S G E N D E R L O O K L I K E ?
  15. RYA N S A L L A N S

  16. J E N N A TA L A C K

    O VA
  17. K Y E A L L U M S

  18. L AV E R N E C O X

  19. B A L I A N B U S C

    H B A U M
  20. J A N E T M O C K

  21. A PA ( A m e r i c a

    n P s y c h o l o g i c a l A s s o c i a t i o n ) “Transgender is an umbrella term for anyone whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth”
  22. W H AT I S N O N - B

    I N A RY ?
  23. n o t t h e A PA ( A

    m e r i c a n P s y c h o l o g i c a l A s s o c i a t i o n ) “Anyone whose gender identity is outside of male or female”
  24. None
  25. N O N - B I N A RY I

    D E N T I T I E S • bullet 1 • bullet 2 T I T L E 2 N O G E N D E R B O T H G E N D E R S N E I T H E R G E N D E R C O M B I N AT I O N T H I R D G E N D E R E T C … G E N D E R 25
  26. LABELS just a few of the options

  27. YAYGENDER.NET …and a few more

  28. H O W D O Y O U D E

    S C R I B E Y O U R G E N D E R ?
  29. NEUTRAL AGENDER Non-binary boy Transmasculine. Not a dude. Male Gender-fluid

    Feminine trans guy Androgynous Genderqueer girl A kaleidoscope of all genders Genderpunk Can’t describe what I don’t have. Limitless Maverique Kinda like an old, beaten-in sneaker. Green! Yellow for ‘other’ and blue for male, mixed together! With a “meh” sound and a wavy hand gesture. If a color spectrum, gray. Boy, if I can get away with it Non-Binary. Not really sure if I can go beyond that umbrella. “masculine-neutral” - that’s an adjective for my gender, not its name. I don’t have a word for its name. Online, genderqueer male or agender. IRL, transman without getting into it. non binary dmab non fem spectrum leaning, demiboy to true neutral to questionmark fluid Genderqueer, though I’m not sure if it’s totally correct. It’s the closest. 404 As rarely as possible. Downright confusing. Depends on the day. I just don’t have a gender.
  30. G E N D E R I D E N

    T I T I E S G E N D E R 30 A S VA R I E D A S P E O P L E cannot “tell” just from looking cannot know identity unless you ask N O T E M P L AT E complicated to figure out complicated to explain
  31. W H AT D O E S N O N

    - B I N A RY L O O K L I K E ?
  32. “ G E N D E R Q U E

    E R ” B Y C H L O E A F T E L
  33. “ G E N D E R Q U E

    E R ” B Y C H L O E A F T E L
  34. “ G E N D E R Q U E

    E R ” B Y C H L O E A F T E L
  35. “ G E N D E R Q U E

    E R ” B Y C H L O E A F T E L
  36. “ G E N D E R Q U E

    E R ” B Y C H L O E A F T E L
  37. “ G E N D E R Q U E

    E R ” B Y C H L O E A F T E L
  38. W H AT I S G E N D E

    R ? 38 F E M A L E P I N K B L U E R A I N B O W M A L E
  39. W H AT I S T R A N S

    I T I O N ?
  40. T I T L E T R A N S

    I T I O N I S … A L I G N M E N T C O N F I R M AT I O N T R A N S F O R M AT I O N I N T E G R AT I O N 40 T R A N S I T I O N
  41. O U R M A N Y S E LV

    E S P U B L I C G E N D E R How you are perceived by others P R I VAT E G E N D E R Inner identity, abstract feeling 41 T R A N S I T I O N
  42. “Type a quote here.” D Y S P H O

    R I A D I S C O M F O RT M I S M AT C H between what others see and what you feel feelings of anxiety, depression 42 T R A N S I T I O N
  43. T I T L E T R A N S

    I T I O N I S … A L I G N M E N T T R A N S I T I O N I N T E G R AT I O N 43 process of finding comfort in one’s self aligning public gender with private gender
  44. What is unique about N O N - B I

    N A RY T R A N S I T I O N ?
  45. 45 F → M A L E M → F

    E M A L E F / M → ? ? ?
  46. What happens when your public gender… … D O E

    S N O T E X I S T ?
  47. T I T L E N O N - B

    I N A RY T R A N S I T I O N 47 … b u t w e c a n t r y t o g e t C L O S E R T O C O M F O RTA B L E P U B L I C G E N D E R is undefined may never match private gender invisible in society T R A N S I T I O N
  48. W H AT ’ S T H E F I

    R S T S T E P ?
  49. PA RT S 49 M U LT I P L

    E C O M P O N E N T S physical, social, legal can happen in any order M U LT I - FA C E T E D emotional, mental personal, family, community B A L A N C E all facets influence each other individualized importance T R A N S I T I O N
  50. G R A D U A L exploration, discovery lots

    of tiny decisions trial and error G R O W T H learn new information each step informs the next how it fits into present, future self P R O C E S S 50 T R A N S I T I O N
  51. N O “ 1 0 E A S Y S

    T E P S ”
  52. L O T S O F C O M B

    I N AT I O N S
  53. L O T S O F O P T I

    O N S
  54. N O T A L L O R N O

    T H I N G
  55. I T TA K E S T I M E

  56. A R E Y O U S U R E

    Y O U WA N T C O O K I E S ?
  57. W H AT D O Y O U WA N

    T T O A C H I E V E ?
  58. U N I Q U E as varied as gender

    U N C E RTA I N unclear destination choose among unideal options indecision ≠ confusion N O T S TAT I C goals change T R A N S I T I O N G O A L S 58 T R A N S I T I O N
  59. “I’m not necessarily going from point A to point B.

    All I know is I left point A.”
  60. STEPPING STONE OR DESTINATION?

  61. SAME OUTCOME, DIFFERENT PATHS

  62. NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY

  63. P R O V I D E R G O

    A L S 63 U N D E R S TA N D C L I E N T G O A L S how it fits into unique gender puzzle U N D E R S TA N D C O M P R O M I S E S unique to non-binary transition W O R K W I T H U N C E RTA I N T Y reasons behind fears and anxieties T R A N S I T I O N
  64. S O C I A L T R A N

    S I T I O N
  65. age, race, ethnicity, religion, community, personality, interests, hobbies, likes, dislikes,

    identity, and... GENDER S O C I A L P E R C E P T I O N 65 S O C I A L
  66. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER SOMEONE IS A M A

    N O R A W O M A N ?
  67. Markers others use to categorize you into “male” or “female”

    G E N D E R C U E S 67 S O C I A L
  68. G E N D E R E X P R

    E S S I O N clothes, hair, accessories, mannerisms N A M E shortened, nickname ambiguously gendered P R O N O U N S gender-neutral (they/them) don’t care / mix of both G E N D E R C U E S S O C I A L 68
  69. What happens when your public gender… … D O E

    S N O T E X I S T ?
  70. N O N - B I N A RY G

    O A L S S O C I A L 70 T O B E P E R C E I V E D A S neither mix of both ambiguous more of one than the other the point is not to confuse, rather… T O AV O I D B E I N G C AT E G O R I Z E D I N C O R R E C T LY
  71. S O C I A L I S T H

    E N E W S O C I A L S O C I A L 71 S O C I A L G E N D E R C U E S easy to change, hard to change change can be outside of our control S O C I A L = P E O P L E … O T H E R P E O P L E !
  72. G E N D E R - N E U

    T R A L C U E S
  73. C O M I N G O U T S

    O C I A L 73 S O C I A L T R A N S I T I O N R E Q U I R E S D I S C L O S U R E depends on other people to follow along C O M M O N C O N F L I C T S hard to explain non-binary gender not taken seriously rejection safety
  74. C O M I N G O U T S

    O C I A L 74 D I S C L O S U R E I S A S P E C T R U M Who What Why When Ongoing, Individualized
  75. TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE…

  76. CHOICES MAY BE LIMITED

  77. B AT H R O O M S 77 F

    O R C E D T O G E N D E R Y O U R S E L F … I N P U B L I C ! S A F E T Y Fear. Anxiety. Danger. E V E RY T I M E , A L L T H E T I M E choosing a bathroom = choosing a gender exhausting continuous anxiety S O C I A L
  78. PROVIDE GENDER-NEUTRAL OPTIONS

  79. NEVER ASSUME A LWAY S A S K

  80. M E D I C A L T R A

    N S I T I O N
  81. W PAT H S TA N D A R D

    S O F C A R E 81 M E D I C A L L E A D I N G M E D I C A L D O C U M E N T informs other areas of transition (legal, social) S O C , V 7 , 2 0 1 1 “Support through safe, accessible, healthy transition” N O N - B I N A RY I N C L U S I V E target gender less linear
  82. H E L P, D O N ’ T H

    I N D E R 82 G U I D E L I N E S , N O T R E Q U I R E M E N T S framework, but focus on individual I N F O R M E D C O N S E N T adults making informed decisions R E A L L I F E E X P E R I E N C E what does “RLE” mean for a non-binary person? antiquated hogwash M E D I C A L
  83. I N F O R M E D C O

    N S E N T M E D I C A L 83 Y E O L D E N D AY S providers as gatekeepers E N L I G H T E N E D M O D E L literally, ask for consent therapy not a requirement for “approval” hormones not a requirement for surgery P R E S C R I B E , D O N ’ T P R O S C R I B E
  84. R O L E O F M E N TA

    L H E A LT H 84 S U P P O RT cope with social, financial, physical consequences how medical transition fits into identity surgery, post-op depression M E D I C A L
  85. Medical transition does not legitimize or de-legitimize anyone’s gender N

    O T A G E N D E R L I T M U S T E S T 85 M E D I C A L
  86. H O R M O N E S

  87. O V E R V I E W O F

    H O R M O N E S 87 “ M A S C U L I N I Z E ” Testosterone “ F E M I N I Z E ” Anti-androgens, Estrogen, Progesterone N O “ G E N D E R N E U T R A L ” O P T I O N cannot lose characteristics without gaining new ones M E D I C A L
  88. P H Y S I C A L diminish existing

    gendered characteristics combination of both S O C I A L appearances influence perception E M O T I O N A L / M E N TA L inner well-being N O N - B I N A RY G O A L S 88 M E D I C A L
  89. PA C K A G E D E A L

    can’t pick and choose changes U N P R E D I C TA B L E extent of change depends on genetics R E V E R S I B L E V S P E R M A N E N T two categories of changes B I N A RY E F F E C T S 89 M E D I C A L
  90. A C H I E V I N G T

    H E I M P O S S I B L E 90 G R A D U A L NOT all-or-nothing C O N T R O L : D O S E & T I M E low dose on & off short term vs long term I N D I V I D U A L C H O I C E M E D I C A L
  91. W H AT I F…

  92. C O M M O N C O N C

    E R N S 92 … I S T I L L D O N ’ T PA S S ? “pass” as what? … I PA S S T O O M U C H ? opposite gender is uncomfortable too … I H AT E T H E M ? can’t cope with undesired effects M E D I C A L
  93. W H AT I F…

  94. C O M M O N C O N C

    E R N S 94 … I E N D U P G O I N G A L L T H E WAY ? how much compromise is too much? F E A R O F C H A N G I N G I D E N T I T Y today’s truth might not be tomorrow’s M E D I C A L
  95. B A L A N C I N G 95

    P r i v a t e v s P u b l i c S o c i a l v s P h y s i c a l D e s i re d v s U n d e s i re d R e v e r s i b l e v s P e r m a n e n t D e a l B re a k e r s v s R i s k Ta k e r s M E D I C A L
  96. S U R G E RY

  97. M A G I C A L “ S E

    X C H A N G E ”
  98. O V E R V I E W O F

    S U R G E RY 98 T O P S U R G E RY removal of breasts H Y S T E R E C T O M Y remove uterus, (optionally) ovaries M E T O I D I O P L A S T Y, P H A L L O P L A S T Y construction of penis M E D I C A L O R C H I E C T O M Y removal of testes P E N E C T O M Y removal of penis VA G I N O P L A S T Y construction of vagina E L E C T R O LY S I S , F F S , E T C
  99. I D E N T I T Y not taken

    seriously “who will love me?” medically impossible options D O C T O R S uninformed, hesitant outdated guidelines unfamiliar with alternatives C O S T binary requirements for insurance B I N A RY B A R R I E R S 99 M E D I C A L
  100. P H Y S I C A L D Y

    S P H O R I A extreme discomfort with body parts hormonal or internal effects not always visible S O C I A L depends on gender goals I N D I V I D U A L C H O I C E personal reasons for opting in/out N O N - B I N A RY G O A L S 100 M E D I C A L
  101. B E N E F I T S O F

    S U R G E RY 101 A F F I R M I N G being at peace with body C A N B E F I R S T S T E P I N T R A N S I T I O N therapy not a requirement hormones not a requirement (usually) H I D D E N O P T I O N S a handful of doctors not afraid to be pioneers M E D I C A L
  102. L E G A L T R A N S

    I T I O N
  103. “Type a quote here.” L E G A L G

    E N D E R L E G A L 103 R E L AT I V E as good as the document it’s on N O N - B I N A RY O P T I O N S ? not really personal reasons to change or keep it R E Q U I R E M E N T S vary by state, document, country
  104. “Type a quote here.” B U T I ’ M

    N O T A L AW Y E R ! L E G A L 104 P R O V I D E R S H AV E P O W E R to sign off on paperwork (very glamorous) M E D I C A L R E Q U I R E M E N T S sometimes vague, open to interpretation L E G A L N A M E C H A N G E sufficiently satisfying easy in the US with court order
  105. I N C O N C L U S I

    O N
  106. T R A N S I T I O N

    F R A M E W O R K C O N C L U S I O N 106 PA RT S A N D P R O C E S S lots of options, each one is separate gradual, takes time G O A L S unique, unideal, changing J O U R N E Y destination may be unknown
  107. T I T L E N O N - B

    I N A RY T R A N S I T I O N C O N C L U S I O N 107 PA RT S O F T R A N S I T I O N social, medical, legal N O N - B I N A RY G E N D E R how the parts relate to non-binary identity specific challenges for non-binary transition O P T I O N S lots of alternatives and combinations
  108. T I T L E 3 TA K E AWAY

    S C O N C L U S I O N 108 I N D I V I D U A L I Z E D C A R E path as unique as the person G E T I N F O R M E D research alternative options make educated guesses L I S T E N never assume, always ask
  109. W H AT D I D Y O U L

    E A R N ?
  110. M I C A H neutrois.me N O N -

    B I N A RY T R A N S I T I O N F O R M E D I C A L A N D S E R V I C E P R O V I D E R S