What Does It Mean To Be Trans?

In this video, Galen, Corey, and Olivia share what they feel being a trans person means to them. They discuss how they identify, the difference between gender euphoria and dysphoria, and which pronouns they use.


Some terms that come up in the video are:


  • Non-binary:

    This is a trans identity where the person doesn’t identify with being a man or a woman. They don’t associate with the gender binary of male/female.

  • Trans woman:

    This is a trans identity where the person may have been assigned male at birth, but they identify as a woman.

  • Trans man / trans boy:

    This is a trans identity where the person may have been assigned male at birth, but they identify as a man.

  • Pronouns:

    A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun in a sentence. Pronouns are used to avoid repeating the same nouns over and over again. For example, “Jeremy ran so fast, you’d think his life was on the line.” In this sentence, ‘his‘ was the pronoun.

    Common pronouns are:
    – he/him for someone who identifies as a man
    – she/her for someone who identifies as a woman,
    – they/them for someone who identifies as non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, two-spirit, or another identity where the person feels binary pronouns like he/him and she/her don’t work for them.


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Sex education happens to everybody every day, whether we like it or not. We are bombarded with images, messages, and ideas about sex from our televisions, billboards, iPods, computers, and magazines. This ‘education’ is factually unreliable, and it often reinforces a particular value set. Some people are objectified. Others are ridiculed or erased. This ‘education’ is also a one-way monologue. It’s not a dialogue. There isn’t room for questioning or reflection.

In the midst of all this, we could all use someone reliable and trustworthy to talk to about sexuality. For people with cognitive disabilities, picking the right person or resource is important. Our videos discuss what qualities to look for in a confidante. We also list services that provide accurate, agenda-free sexual health information. You can also find this information on our Resources page.

We also discuss who NOT to talk to about sex. (Strangers are usually a bad choice, for example.)