I have fallen a bit behind with this blog largely because I have been focusing most of my time learning how to create online training programmes. I am now ready to start creating the content for the first course, but I need some help.
If you have the time I would really appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes to comment below on this post with the answer to the following questions.
If you were to attend a Transgender Awareness Training course, what would you expect to learn? What key topics would you want covered?
Your answers will help me to develop the course content and in gratitude for your help, I will be providing a lifetime free coupon to access the training programme in the new year.
I have conducted transgender awareness training in the UK for 10 years during a time of significant change in law and attitudes. 2015 however has seen us reach a tipping point. A small but significant number of trans celebrities have captivated the media and now hardly a week passes without trans people being high profile in the media.
But that is both good and bad. While the higher media profile has encouraged a more positive attitude generally towards trans people enabling more to feel safe to come out, there has also been an increase in negative comments and evidence of of lots of confusion.
Last week for example on a UK daytime chat show, Loose Women, the presenters discussed the way their young children were now talking about gender and sexuality in a way that would not have just a year ago. Unfortunately the discussion demonstrated that the presenters did not understand the subject at all – they suggested transgender was a fad like “self harming or bulimia” and mixed up gender identity and sexual orientation in a way that has angered transgender people across the country. At the same time in Huston in the USA, a law providing protection for LGBT people has been scrapped.
Over the past 5 years there has been a general cutback in all equalities training and other soft public sector spending so I am reviewing my approach by reevaluating the content of my workshops and keynotes to reflect the changing attitudes. At the same time I am developing an online version of the training to deliver transgender awareness training more economically i.e. much cheaper.
I also want to make my training more international. This is going to be challenging given the widely differing laws – but largely everyone seems to be going in the same direction so I think I can produce some international modules and then keep adding to the course over time.
Please help me in this endeavour by answering these questions. If you were to attend a transgender awareness training course today, what would you expect to learn? What key topics would you want covered?
Please remember that when the course is complete in the new year I will be sending a free lifetime access coupon for the online course to anyone who contributes to this research.