Module 5: Transness, Trans Folks, and Transcending

Access or Download: Module 5 Facilitators Guide

Download: Module 5 Transcript

Please take our SQUINCH survey after you use this module:

Learn about transgender lives.
Learn how to be an ally to transgender folks.

The video will explain:

Gender diversity and the gender binary
Misgendering and deadnaming
Gender expression vs. gender identity
4 ways to be an ally to transgender folks.
Harm: intent vs. impact

When prompted in the video, pause, and ask the group to discuss:
What are some ways that people have been good allies to you in the past?
It doesn’t have to be specifically related to LGBTQIA+ issues but can deal with other things like racial identity or disability as well. Take a few minutes and we’ll share what you all came up with.

Take at least 10 minutes for the discussion. Allow folks to expand on each example. Ask for specifics. Then, return to the video for some tips for trans allyship.

How to be an ally to transgender people:
1) Defend your trans peers when they’re not in the room.
2) Defend your trans peers when they’re right in front of you.
3) State your pronouns in your social media bios and when you’re introducing yourself. (Especially at the start of every GSA meeting.)
4) Recognize that trans folks’ past is their own. Recognize that their transness is confidential.

Discussion questions for your club:
What did you learn about transness that you didn’t know before? Why is impact more important than intent?
Which actions will you take to be an ally to trans people?

When you’re done, each person can take our survey: If you take the survey, your club will be entered to win a prize! We plan to create more modules, so let us know what you want to learn about.


SQUINCH is a digital curriculum for GSA clubs (Gender and Sexuality Alliance/Gay Straight Alliance) to learn healthy relationship skills. Each module contains a video, facilitator’s guide and transcript. SQUINCH stands for Sharing Queer Understanding, Inclusion, Nonviolent Communication, and Health! SQUINCH is a project of the Health Equity Alliance for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans (HEAL Plus NM).



Each learning module can be a standalone discussion or activity for the club, and we encourage GSA student leaders to choose and lead the modules that most interest them.


GSA student leaders are encouraged to read the facilitator’s guide, play the video for the club, and host a discussion on each module. The facilitator’s guide has resources, additional discussion questions, and tips.


The video portion of the module includes information, activities, discussion prompts, and quizzes.  Modules can be accessed in any order and any amount.  We do encourage starting with Module 1: Welcome & Group Agreements.


Each video has high-quality closed captioning and transcripts.


Here is the SQUINCH playlist in order:

If you are looking for information about starting or supporting a GSA, contact New Mexico GSA Network.

We warmly appreciate the GSA youth advisors for providing feedback and direction for the development of this curriculum.


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