What is one thing you are taking away
with you today?
Share gratitude for the diversity of
creation. Read Acts 2: 28, English
Standard Version ( biblegateway.com).
Read the scripture slowly several
times, pausing each time for people
to silently reflect on the words (or
phrase) that stand out for them.
• genderspectrum.org: under Quick
Links, see Understanding Gender
and under Resources, see Faith
• united-church.ca: search for “gender
and orientation”; download Radical
Welcome handout (pdf)
• UVic’s antiviolenceproject.org
Anna White is the Camp Director
for UBC’s CampOUT! housed in the
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality,
and Social Justice.
differences in your school, meetings, training, committees, camps,
congregations, home life, work, and
• Identify learning goals. How will
you grow your awareness in these
• When do you find yourself being
closed-minded? How can you
promote and role model open-mindedness in your life and community
Gather back as a group and share
As a group, brainstorm ways to challenge transphobia and cissexism. Are
there any examples from experience
(education, relationships, school or
work, online, media consumption)?
Think about or share a time you
encountered transphobia and didn’t
know how to respond. How might you
respond in allyship?
Make space nourishing
The Platinum Rule is at the heart
of the process of becoming allies or
allyship. Let’s think about striving
toward allyship as a continual, lifelong
process rather than a status we can
achieve in one act. Discuss the components in this process by referring
to the diagram Process of Allyship
• Where are some of the places we
encounter transphobia? What can it
look like, in school, family, dating,
media, events, pronouns, physical
• Where do we encounter cis-sexism
in the physical environment (
washrooms), paperwork, healthcare
system, language, clothing stores?
Invite people to spend five to 10
minutes with the following questions
and then discuss in pairs.
• Can you identify someone in your
life who has acted as an ally for you
or others? How were their words,
approach, and actions inclusive,
respectful, and positive?
• Was there a time when you feel you
really messed up and unintentionally excluded or offended someone?
• What things can you do in your
community to honour identity
This diagram was
created by the cabin
leaders of CampOUT!