Introduction to "Transgender 101": Basic Concepts for Working with the Transgender Population
In a society in which transgender people are victims of violence in their intimate relationships, as well as by the public force, where they often suffer systemic oppression by institutions and discrimination by the community in general. In a society that does not provide this community with safe spaces to access education, employment, health, housing and other basic human rights, it is not surprising then to find that this population has much higher prevalence than the general population, regarding low level of schooling, precarious housing conditions, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C, mental illness, substance abuse, suicide, unemployment and underemployment, poverty, among many other problems. As providers of social services and from a perspective of social justice, it is imperative that we make a critical analysis, think how this came to be so, understand our role as providers, and then from that understanding consider how to be part of the change that needs to happened.
On the other hand, there is an abundance of spaces that offer clarification of the basic concepts in relation to this population. Therefore, this training has as a focal point to provoke a deep reflection of the factors that have gestated this reality, and instigate a new ideological position that facilitates the transformation of our position and, therefore, promotes a fundamental change from a perspective of social justice.