This website was created for any music educator looking to get an idea of how best to instruct a transgender student in their music classroom. The information here is free, a combination of research-grounded material and experiences from my own life as an educator, musician, LGBTQ+ advocate, and transgender woman.
This is a great place to get started when you are unsure how to proceed. Get a basic outline for how to instantly support your transgender student.
“...Being gay or lesbian is about sexual orientation. Being trans is about identity. What it’s emphatically not is a ‘lifestyle,’ any more than being male or female is a lifestyle. When I imagine a person with a lifestyle, I see a millionaire playboy named Chip who likes to race yachts to Bimini, or an accountant, perhaps, who dresses up in a suit of armor on the weekends. Being transgender isn’t like that. Gender is many things, but one thing it is surely not is a hobby. Being female is not something you do because it’s clever or postmodern, or because you’re a deluded, deranged narcissist. In the end, what it is, more than anything else, is a fact.” (Boylan, 22)
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