The Gender Unicorn [➦]
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• Educational visual support
• Online interactive tool
Trans Student Educational Resources
Release date and last update
May 14th 2019 (no update as of the review date)
The words we use to talk about and with LGBTQ+ children and youth are important. Choosing language that reflects respect for, and understanding of, their identities is one of the simplest ways to communicate support, and to create safer and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ children and youth.
Some terms may be unfamiliar and confusing. While it is normal to have concerns about “getting it right,” asking an individual how they wish to be identified can help to show support for their identity and experiences, and is an important first step toward being an ally.
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Meet the Gender Unicorn—a fun way to explore, understand, and explain the differences and interconnectedness of terms like gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, and sexual orientation.
*** Note that this description was written by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. ***
Trans Student Educational Resources. (2019). The Gender Unicorn. Retrieved from http://transstudent.org/gender/
Some criticisms have been made regarding the genderbread person, originally made by Sam Killerman. First that it is plagiarized, cisnormative and heteronormative. The gender unicorn is therefore directly inspired by the genderbread person and some small changes were made in order to remedy the issues previously raised.
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