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psy 370 cultural excursion

psy 370 cultural excursion - Hannah Bauss PSY 370 Cultural...

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Hannah Bauss PSY 370 2/27/11 Cultural Excursion 1: Ally Training On January 27 th , I attended an Ally Training offered by the Pride Center on Cal Poly’s campus. We were given several handouts at the beginning of the training that provided information about sexual identity development, different genders, and LGBTQIA definitions and terminology. We went over most of the information on these handouts, only skimming some of the definitions to ensure emphasis on others that are more controversial, confusing or unknown to people. The training started with everyone introducing themselves and stating why they were there. A majority of the people (including myself) were there as a requirement for a class but there were a few who were there simply to gain more information, which I thought was really great because to me that indicates that support for the LGBT community at Cal Poly is growing. During this training I learned a great deal about the different types of gender identity that exist. Almost all are covered under The Transgender Umbrella but there were many more that I had previously thought existed. Understanding the often subtle differences between genders was difficult for me during training but the handout helped me a great deal and I know that if I have a question I can return to the pride center for clarification. For instance, before the Ally training I was unaware that there are differences between a crossdresser, a transvestite, and a drag queen/king but now I know the differences that distinguish them from each other. Before Ally training, I often got confused by the explanations I received in classes regarding sex, gender identity, and gender expression. They seemed to be the same to me and I felt that the teacher often struggled to convey the meanings of them, possibly because he or she did not fully understand either. But after the training, I have a much clearer picture of all three and I understand the differences between them and how they are expressed. For example, a girl’s sex is female, and she may identify as female in her gender identity, but she could have a more masculine gender expression – manifested by wearing more masculine clothes, etc. This part of the training was hugely beneficial for me and greatly increased my understanding of different genders and gender expression. We also talked about certain LGBTA terminology in training. This helped clear up confusions about the definitions of terms and what they actually meant, rather than what a majority of the population thinks they mean. When talking about LGBTA terminology, we also discussed proper words and acceptable slang terms to use when talking about or to a member of the LGBT community. This was very helpful for me because I was unsure about which terms were acceptable and which ones were offensive. The instructors also talked to us about acceptable and non-offensive ways to ask someone about their sexual identity because some people may perceive the question “Are you gay?” as offensive.
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