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30 Tips from Trans and Gender Nonconforming People on How Cisgender Folks Can Be Better Allies

30 Tips from Trans and Gender Nonconforming People on How Cisgender Folks Can Be Better Allies

In understanding the way power dynamics work in favor of cisgender people, those who are allies for the TGNC community should take care to better understand the ways in which they can support us.

Navigating my trans identity isn’t an easy task. Our community is constantly under attack by legislators who are hell-bent on stripping our rights, TERFs harassing us online, and transphobic people who are determined to harm us via violent and fatal means.

From the trans military ban to the reinterpretation of laws protecting trans youth in schools, the current climate for transgender and gender nonconforming Americans is one in which the Trump administration is attempting to strip us of our identities at every turn. It’s important now more than ever that cis people learn how to become better allies for the transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) community.

In understanding the way power dynamics work in favor of cisgender people, those who are allies for the TGNC community should take care to better understand the ways in which they can support us. It’s important to have the right kind of discernment of what allyship looks like for our community, to be able to be more inclusive, to make us feel respected, to check others within the cisgender community even when we’re not around, to educate without us having to do the all too familiar and all too exhausting “Trans 101” education on an almost daily basis.

While there are guides on how to be an ally for the TGNC community, such as GLAAD’s Tips For Allies, it is equally important to become a better ally by simply listening to TGNC people.

Wear Your Voice asked 30 transgender and gender nonconforming people how they believe cisgender people can be better allies. Here are some things you should keep in mind:

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Serena is a transgender writer who focuses on culture through an LGBT+ lens. When she's not writing you can catch her obsessing over the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and Stranger Things.

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