LGBTQIA+ Topics

Trans 101

Articles

100 Easy Ways to Make the World Better for Trans People

Not Your Mom's Trans 101

Why Passing is Both Controversial and Central to the Trans Community

Intersex

Articles

Intersex 101: Respecting Variations in Biological Sex

5 Steps to Being an Intersex Ally

8 Misconceptions, Myths About Being Intersex Debunked

I'm Intersex: here's what that means | Minus18

Nonbinary/Gender Non-Conforming Experiences

Articles

100 Ways to Make the World Better for Non-Binary People

I’m Gender Non-Conforming – And I Need People to Stop Pressuring Me to ‘Pass’

Microaggressions

Articles

7 Microaggressions Trans People Face in Health and Mental Healthcare Settings

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)

Articles

15 things LGBTQ people of colour want you to know

Janelle Monáe Opened Up About Being Attracted To Boys And Girls At A Young Age

Being African American & LGBTQ: An Introduction | HRC

Being Latinx & LGBTQ: An Introduction | HRC 

Being APID & LGBTQ: An Introduction | HRC 

NEW ANALYSIS SHOWS STARTLING LEVELS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BLACK TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

11 students explain what being queer, black, and proud means to them

How White LGBT Spaces Erase Queer People of Colour

4 Unique Struggles That Queer and Trans People of Color Have to Deal With

THE 2 IS SEPARATE: DECOLONIZING JUSTICE THROUGH TWO-SPIRIT SOVEREIGNTY

8 Things You Should Know About Two Spirit People

Transgender African-Americans’ Open Wound: ‘We’re Considered a Joke’

Attack on the Transgender Community is an Attack on Racial Justice

9 queer black women share advice for their teenage selves

Isms/Privilege

Articles

Privilege, Power, and Pride: Intersectionality within the LGBT Community

5 Ways Ableism Looks in Queer Spaces 

How misogyny makes the LGBTI community a lonely place for queer women

DIVIDING FACTORS: COLORISM IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Asexual Identities

Articles

This Photo Series Captures Asexual Experiences From Around The World

What It’s Like To Date When You’re Asexual

Content warning: When the article discusses acephobia and discrimination, there is mention of sexual assault.

5 Quick Tips for Being Inclusive of Asexual Students on Campus - Plus 5 Myths You Need to Forget

Content warning: When the article discusses acephobia and discrimination, there is mention of sexual assault.

7 Ways to Support a Friend Who Recently Came Out As Asexual

 

 

 
A transmasculine gender-nonconforming person and transfeminine non-binary person sleeping together in bed

 

 

 
Bayard Rustin

 

 

 
A transgender woman in a hospital gown speaking to her doctor, a transgender man, in an exam room
 

 

 

Masha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera

Videos

Minus18 Trans 101 Crash Courses

Summary: Trans 101 is a starter pack designed to help support trans people around you! It's all about helping people better understand what it means to be trans, and how to make the world and better, safer, happier place for trans and gender diverse people!

MTV Decoded Are Drag Queens Trans

Summary: With RuPaul's “Drag Race,” Drag Queens are America’s newest obsession. But for some folks, drag’s gender challenging performances raises a lot of questions like just who are these fabulous Drag superstars? And how do they identify their own gender? So on this week’s episode, we brought in drag superstar Peppermint, to clarify the difference between doing drag and being transgender. 

Minus18 Pronouns

Summary: Here’s our guide on what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use new ones and support your trans friends!

MTV Decoded Pronouns

Summary: While it may seem that “he” and “she” are the only options when it comes to pronouns, the truth is that English has more options then these two gendered identifiers. In fact, the non-gendered singular “they” goes back to Shakespeare and is already common in everyday usage. So why is everyone up getting so upset about people choosing how to identify themselves? Watch the episode to find out. 

What It’s Like to Be Intersex

Summary: This is a video with intersex activists that talk about their experiences and identities.

QAC 58 - Escaping Womanhood || Non-Binary | AFAB | Internalized Misogyny 

Summary: This video looks at the struggle of being nonbinary and not being seen because of the gender assigned at birth, especially in the scope of womanhood. This also looks at the ways of we can support both nonbinary and women. Note: This video uses strong language.

Struggles of Being Nonbinary

Summary: This video looks at the personal experiences of those who are under the nonbinary umbrella. It also tells things that they want cisgender people to know.

What is the definition of microaggression?

Summary: This video uses the media to showcase various forms of microaggressions.

How microaggressions are like mosquito bites • Same Difference

Summary: This video uses a metaphor to explain microaggressions, how these microaggressions can lead to larger problems.

Microaggressions Trans People Hear

Summary: This video looks at the microaggressions that can be experienced by transgender people

Sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions in clinical settings 

Summary: This video defines the ways microaggressions and how we can address them in professional settings

Celebrating my black and queer identities 

Summary: This video offers tips on how to reconcile bring both POC and LGBT+ without having to choose between which identity is represented 

Queer Asian Americans Talk About Coming Out & Dating 

Summary: This video speaks about the struggles of coming out in Asian communities, also adds the intersection of being nonbinary. This video also deals with the struggles within dating and the consequences of Asian stereotypes and racism 

Grindr Users Talk About Sexual Racism | Kindr Ep. 1 

Summary: This video speaks about experiences of QTPOC dealing with sexual racism and how this has negatively affected their mental health. Also looks at the larger implications of the idea of “preferences” making racism okay.

Using Dating Apps As A QPOC 

Summary: This video speaks about eurocentric beauty standards and being fetishized, and these intersectional struggles are ignored.

Trans women of color terrified of being targets for violence ask 'am I next?': Part 1 | ABC News

Summary: This video speaks of the violence against black trans women looking at the story of Muhlaysia Booker, and how the media is changing. 

Trigger warning: This video shows violence and speaks about sexual assault  

Resistance While Black, Queer, and Trans | The Library | them. 

Summary: This video talks about legal and prison legislation that discriminates against trans women and QTPOC and how these issues are not addressed in the mainstream LGBT+ and Black Lives Matter movements. 

What Is Two-Spirit? 

Summary: This video talks about how awareness can be brought to the two-spirit community, without appropriating this culture. 

What Does "Two-Spirit" Mean? | InQueery | them.

Summary: This video gives a background of the word two-spirit and how it was created and why.

Struggles of Being Trans and Latinx 

Summary: This video speaks of experiences of being at the intersection of trans and Latinx.

Seeking Asylum in the US to Escape Trans Discrimination | Latin-X 

Summary: This video looks at U.S migration through the lens of being trans and P.O.C., and how these identities can affect the experience and reasons for immigration. It also looks at struggles encountered on both sides of the border.

WHEN POC IS NOT ENOUGH: ANTI-BLACKNESS IN THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY 

Summary: This video speaks about how antiblackness appears in all spaces including P.O.C. and Q.T.P.O.C. spaces. It also touches on the commodification and exploitation of black bodies, without the presence of black bodies. 

The Cholo Artists Redefining Gay Rap | Latin-X 

Summary: This video looks at homophobia within rap, and how to reconcile queerness

with culture, and how they can coexist. Trigger warning: This video uses strong language.

No Homo: Hip-Hop & Its Fear of the Gay Rapper | Complex News Presents 

Summary: This video looks at the history of homophobia in hip-hop and rap culture, and the context that has led to the development of this issue. It also looks at how this homophobic legacy has continued.

Trigger warning: This video uses strong language.

Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile | Blair Imani | TEDxBoulder

Summary: This video speaks of how being Muslim and queer, and the legacy of homophobia that stemmed from colonization.

Struggles of Being Trans and Latinx

Summary: This is a video that features 5 trans Latinx folk who give their experiences being trans as it was impacted by their intersection of being Latinx as well.

Queer and Disabled Pt. 1 | Misconceptions [CC]

Summary: This video looks at the misconceptions about those who are at the intersection of being LGBT+ and disabled. This video is a part of a full series that deals in various issues within this intersection.

Fighting Misogyny In The Gay Community

Summary: This video looks at the misogyny in the LGBT+ community and how this manifests itself and how we can combat this. Note: This video has instances of strong language.

Sometimes You're A Caterpillar

Summary: This video offers a metaphor on how privilege can show up and how these struggles differ. And we can all have privilege in different aspects without invalidating other experiences.

Ask an Asexual Person

Summary: This video features three people who identify as asexual answering some common questions about asexuality.

Disclosure

Summary: The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture.

Paris Is Burning

Summary: This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers.

Pose

Summary: Set in the 1980s, `Pose' is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene.

Organizations

Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity

The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD) at UC Santa Barbara facilitates the intersectional inclusion and representation of the identities, experiences, and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. RCSGD staff and volunteers, in collaboration with campus partners, promote the celebration, development, scholarship, and success of the LGBTQIA+ community through advocacy, education, programming, and resource creation and referral.

The RCSGD uses intersectional and social justice lenses to work toward trans justice, queer justice, racial justice, and other forms of justice by examining and combating oppressive systems, including white supremacy, heterosexism, misogyny, patriarchy, and xenophobia.

Resources: Training, LGBTQIA+ Glossary, Pronouns, Coming Out, and more

Pacific Pride Foundation

Pacific Pride Foundation's advocacy and education efforts meet the ongoing and emerging needs of a diverse population in order to create a thriving and visible LGBTQ+ community and to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) began in 1976 as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling and Referral center for Gay men and Lesbians. At that time the organization was called Western Addiction Services Program (WASP), and also offered a newsletter called The Bulletin, which is still in publication as our monthly eBulletin.

Santa Barbara Trans Advocacy Network

The Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network educates individuals and organizations on best practices for transgender & gender expansive clients, patients, students, congregants and families; creates and develops spaces, actions, and policies that advance the welfare of transgender and diverse gender non-conforming individuals, their families, and allies in California's Central Coast communities.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

An online community and archive of information on what asexuality might look like and how to navigate life as a person who identifies as asexual or how to support someone you care about that identifies as asexual.

UN Free & Equal - Intersex Awareness

This link takes you to the UN Free and Equal Website on Intersex awareness where you can see facts, statistics, and personal stories from intersex folk as well as gives advice on how to be an ally to people who are intersex. 

Handouts

Pronouns Practice

A website that allows folks to have practical practice with a variety of common gendered and nonbinary pronouns while teaching them how to use them in different sentence structures.  

MyPronouns.Org

A website established to educate folks about pronouns, what they are, and their importance. When we refer to "personal" pronouns, we don't mean that these pronouns are necessarily private information (generally they are not), we mean that they are pronouns referring to a unique and individual person. Their goal is to create a fundamental understanding about why pronouns matter. 

Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) Gender Unicorn Activity

You may recognize this graphic as similar to The Genderbread Person by itspronouncedmetrosexual. We created this graphic with significant changes to more accurately portray the distinction between gender, sex assigned at birth, and sexuality. Ultimately, we wanted to recognize genders outside of the western gender binary, which the Genderbread Person does not. Not all trans people exist on a scale of womanhood and manhood.

The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary

The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.

Some of the photos used on this page, come from the above resource.