Teaching Trans

I’ve already team-taught my first class in Gender Studies 101, and later today I get to teach my first session of Transgender Lives. It’s a 200-level course, and I opted to allow trans people to speak about their own lives instead of focusing on what other people have said about trans lives. How? I used books written by trans people: Jenny Boylan’s, James Green’s, Kate Bornstein’s, some of Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl, Leslie Feinberg, and… a lovely little book by The Lady Chablis called Hiding My Candy. Plus a few chapters from my own My Husband Betty in order to represent the crossdressers.

I figure as a non-trans person teaching trans, I’ll already be there as a kind of lens, so getting as much primary reporting from trans people themselves was important.

4 Replies to “Teaching Trans”

  1. Thank you for allowing me to sit in and audit your class. Your a good teacher, very informative. I look forward to the whole semester. It’ll be an experience and a lesson learned for me.

  2. Isn’t teaching one of the most rewarding things? If you haven’t taught yet, and have encountered the sequence. Massive subjective rewards are about to be bestowed on you, Helen. Just wait until one of your students confidentially writes you to advise that, just one little comment you made in class changed their lives. Its not about us. Its about them. Your heart will soar.

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