In 2016, recognizing the need for a resource that could be utilized by the community as well as our cohorts and the medical, mental health, and social professionals working with us, Greyson began compiling the first version of the Transgender Language Primer. This earlier version was hosted by Outshine NW and quickly became a popular resource. In 2017, the TLP expanded beyond this early version to become a dynamic Google Document with members of the community adding new entries and expanding definitions regularly with project leadership consistently seeking out ways to continue to be inclusive. With the sponsorship of an anonymous patron, the TLP was able to hire a sensitivity editor to help curate and plant firm intersectional roots in the document.
With help from the Transgender Justice Funding Project, the TLP expanded further in 2018, growing into the robust website you see today, with many plans for expansion over the next 2-5 years. It is our hope that the growth of the TLP will lead to even greater usefulness to the community, our cohorts and the medical, mental health, and social professionals working with us. Providing up-to-date working definitions for these particular facets of life has already helped bridge that gap as well as helped questioning fledgelings find their way in a vibrant community. We hope that our upcoming expansions will provide more paid work as well as volunteer opportunities for the trans and gender expansive community.
If you have any suggestions on how we can continue this work, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Trans Language Primer Team
Editor-in-Chief, Project Organizer
Greyson Simon (vi/vir/vis or they/them/their) has been out as a nonbinary person since 2009 and as a queer since 2004. A college dropout with the debt to prove it, they've been involved in numerous community projects including Genderfork, The Facebook Transgender Alliance, and several independent art projects, resulting in their being named among the Trans100 of 2015. All of this, they feel, culminates in the Transgender Language Primer—a community driven education project capable of adapting to our community's dynamic needs. When not day-dreaming about all the cool stuff that the Transgender Language Primer could do in the future, Greyson enjoys playing RPGs of all kinds and helps produce a DnD5e storytelling-driven podcast called Heroes Not Included (available on your favorite podcast app) with their partner and friends.
Rain Chamberlain (they/them) is a non-binary person who is both autistic and disabled. They spend their life working to make circumstances better for the communities they are part of, and have been an advocate for the transgender, intersex, homeless, and neurodivergent communities. Rain also spends significant portions of their life writing, including fiction of multiple lengths, community resources, poetry, and occasionally lyrics. During downtime, Rain can be found embroidering and crafting, spending time with friends and chosen family, and researching their special interests.
Aidan Zingler (they/them or ze/zem/zir) is a nonbinary individual who has, throughout their life, advocated for impoverished communities, anti-racism movements, and trans communities in hopes of creating a more equal, equitable, sustainable, and just world. Aidan is also a writer of science fiction and poetry, who has a Bachelor’s in physics with a minor in music composition. In their spare time, Aidan enjoys creating fractals, playing games with friends, or hanging out with their very fluffy cat named Sergeant Quark Amaya McFluffers.
We couldn’t do this without you!
Our Patrons make all this and more possible with their support and generosity. We cannot possibly thank you enough. A special thank you to the following patrons whose monthly contributions to the TLP Patreon allow us to keep doing our work: DC, Minna Reilly and Rhi of The Magpies Podcast, Corrine Beck of the Magic Folk Podcast, the entire Roll Like a Girl Podcast, Jonny Ehrich, Laura “Laura47” Boylan, Casey Dilg, Anthony Fleury, Andy Nees, Jams by Jeanette, Julia Din, Aaron Spiegel-Emms, HDisco, Will L., and Ryan B. alongside other anonymous patrons.
Mx. Michon Neal of The Metanoiac Portal, who was our sensitivity reader for 2017 and whose edits have been instrumental in making this a living document that can supply a foundation of intersectional awareness and understanding around gender. If you have a document, project, or blog that even remotely deals with or needs an intersectional awareness of systemic privilege and oppression (aka everyone who has a document, project, or blog), should hire hir for this work. The insight that ze brought to the entire process of redrafting was so beneficial.