Rainbow resources for parents and educators

A 7-min video answering some of the most common questions from parents and educators about how to support young people with their gender and sexuality.

  • How do I know if this trans or nonbinary thing is just a phase?
  • But there are only two genders, male and female. What's all this fluid, gender nonbinary stuff?
  • We didn't have this when I was younger. Why is it suddenly trendy now?
  • My kid wants me to use 'they or them' as their pronoun
  • Is this gender fluid stuff just a reaction to social gender roles?
  • How can I support them in their relationships with other family members or at school?

Kit Hindin is a professional facilitator and coach, having worked in the innovation, entrepreneurship and futures space with educators, executives and startups.

As a parent to two teenagers and someone who identifies as non-binary, they bring a unique perspective to this work. Kit grew up in a world where the term non-binary wasn't used, and now raises teenagers in a climate where non-binary is one of hundreds of new identities and terms.

With compassion and humour, Kit walks participants through the changing landscape, supporting understanding and allyship, shining a gentle light on unconscious bias and microaggressions and answering those hairy questions you may have been afraid to ask.

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Understanding non-binary identities

If you’re just catching up with what terms like non-binary, transgender and gender-fluid mean, or if you’re trying to wrap your mind around the gender spectrum, this article walks you through the new terms and shares a first-person account of growing up as non-binary.

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The Genderbread Person

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Glossary

1AFAB & AMAB
'Assigned male at birth' and 'assigned female at birth'.
2Allyship
Members of the advantaged group who recognize their privilege and work with oppressed groups to dismantle the systems of oppression(s) from which they derive power, privilege and acceptance
3Asexual
Refers to an individual who does not experience sexual attraction. There is considerable diversity among the asexual community; each asexual person experiences things like relationships, attraction, and arousal somewhat differently. Asexuality is distinct from celibacy or sexual abstinence, which are chosen behaviors, in that asexuality is a sexual orientation that does not necessarily entail either of those behaviors.
4Cisgender
Cisgender is a gender identity term used to describe people who identify as the gender/sex they were assigned at birth.
5Gender
Often defined as a social construct of norms, behaviors and roles that varies between societies and over time. Gender is often categorized as male, female or nonbinary.
6Gender identity
One's own internal sense of self and their gender, whether that is man, woman, neither or both. Unlike gender expression, gender identity is not outwardly visible to others.
7Gender expression
How a person presents gender outwardly, through behavior, clothing, voice or other perceived characteristics. Society identifies these cues as masculine or feminine, although what is considered masculine or feminine changes over time and varies by culture.
8Gender dysphoria
The psychological distress (anxiety, humiliation, dread) of feeling uncomfortable in a body you don’t identify with due to your gender.
9Heteronormativity
A bias in favour of opposite-sex relationships, and against same-sex relationships, that places heterosexual relationships as the default and the norm, thereby positioning homosexual relationships as abnormal.
10Hormone or puberty blockers
Hormone blockers temporarily pause puberty to allow young people more time to come to terms with or consider their options. If your child stop taking puberty blockers, they’ll continue to go through the puberty. Most experts believe that puberty blockers are safe. The Endocrine Society and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health support the use of puberty blockers for kids who want to delay or prevent unwanted physical changes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved puberty blockers for children who start puberty at a young age.
11Intersex
An umbrella term used to describe people with differences in reproductive anatomy, chromosomes or hormones that don't fit typical definitions of male and female. Intersex can refer to a number of natural variations, some of them laid out by InterAct. Being intersex is not the same as being nonbinary or transgender, which are terms typically related to gender identity.
12Non-binary
When you gender identify doesn't fit within the binary idea of 'man' or 'woman' , and therefore is something outside this binary.
13Pansexual or Omnisexual
Someone who is attracted to people of multiple or all genders and/or sexuality romantically, sexually and emotionally.
14Pronouns
Pronouns are the words we use to talk about a person when we're not using their name. These might be he/him, she/her, they/them or other pronouns. Using the correct pronouns for trans and nonbinary youth is a way to let them know that you see them, you affirm them, you accept them and to let them know that they're loved during a time when they're possibly feeling anxious and scared.
15Sex
Refers to a person's biological status and is typically assigned at birth, usually on the basis of external anatomy. Sex is typically categorized as male, female or intersex.
16Trans
Transgender. A gender identity that differs from a person's assigned gender at birth. Could be man, woman, nonbinary etc.
17Transphobia
The fear of and discrimination against Trans people
18Trans Man
A man born with a biologically female body
19Trans Woman
A woman born with a biologically male body