An always-in-progress list– recommended readings.
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Activism and allyship
Allyship concepts and best practices by Frameshift Consulting - What to say. And what not to say. Also features many more resources.
Impact vs. intent: why your intentions don’t really matter by Jamie Utt - If your actions hurt someone, you need to be accountable– regardless of whether or not you meant to hurt them.
Nonviolent communication is for the privileged by Raffi Barbaha - Getting the words right is only the beginning. Activism takes action.
Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw - Intersectionality is a buzzword now– here’s the 1989 essay that coined it.
Equality Is Not Enough: What the Classroom Has Taught Me About Justice by Amy Sun - We should be working for equity and justice, not equality.
Creating trans-inclusive spaces
Gender pronouns in the workplace are not a passing trend by Lila MacLellan - Little changes that make a big difference– but, must also be accompanied by broader understanding of the complexity of gender.
Pronouns: A Resource. A guide to supporting transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) Educators and Students from GLSEN - What is a pronoun, and why are they important for a safe and inclusive learning environment?
We still need pronoun-go-rounds by Dean Spade - In defense of sharing pronouns in group spaces, why it’s necessary, and how to turn the moment into an educational opportunity.
Everyone but cis men: creating better safe spaces for LGBT people by Brooke Shelley - When an attempt to be inclusive results passing a different kind of judgment on queer communities.
Printable gender neutral restroom sign from A Guide to Gender - Single-user bathroom? Is it unnecessarily labeled as “men” or “women”? Attach this sign to it for your event, or for good.
Inclusive restroom sign for gendered multi-user bathrooms by Lila Leatherman - No single-user or gender-neutral restroom available at your event? Apply an informative sign to help attendees respect everyone who uses the bathroom. Sized to be able to print 2 vertically on one 8.5x11 sheet.
Sex and gender
Definitions provided by Trans Student Educational Resources - Cisgender, transgender, queer, and more.
Glossary of terms from the Teaching Transgender Toolkit - Definitions, part two– including what not to say, and what to say instead.
Gender Unicorn by Trans Student Educational Resources - Graphic to illustrate gender identity, gender expression, etc.
Gender Identity 101: The Definitive Guide to Discussing Sex and Gender by West Anderson - “What is gender, anyway?”
Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination by Amanda Montanez - Binaries: not true for gender, or for sex.
“Diversity” in the outdoors
Five ways to make the outdoors more inclusive - A comprehensive action plan for making a more equitable outdoor community.
The Melanin Basecamp Guide to Allyship by Danielle Williams - Privilege, allyship, and action items.
Working out is a minefield when you’re non-binary by Laura Bell - “The gym sucks for everyone, but it’s worse when strangers police your gender.”
Queer identities, marketing, and journalism
GLAAD Media Reference guide - For writers and journalists covering queer and trans people.
The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary - “Images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés of putting on makeup and holding trans flags.”
We need to stop gendering everything by Elyse Rylander - The outdoor industry excludes trans people by offering limited ranges of fits and colors, segmented by “men” and “women.” “Offering a less gendered color palette and fits for more body types is a smart investment and a first step toward organically growing the outdoor industry’s base.”
Just What Is “Women’s Specific Gear” Anyways? And Do You Need It? by Hannah Weinberg - Gendered differences in outdoor gear– not always a clear, straightforward, or useful difference.
Links are to Amazon for easy access to info– look for these texts at your local library or bookstore!
Ahmed, Sara. 2012. On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life
brown, adrienne maree. 2017. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds.
Butler Judith. 1990. Gender trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity.
Clare, Eli. 1999. Exile and Pride - Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
Clare, Eli. 2017. Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
Feinberg, Leslie. 1993. Stone Butch Blues (free pdf available)
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. 2015. Braiding Sweetgrass - Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
Lorde, Audre. 1984. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Mattilda. 2007. Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity
Spence, Mark David. 1999. Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks