Hey, Cis! is a weekly head-on conversation about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.
We take on difficult topics; breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.
Dive deep: backing up the chit chat
Isaac and Cynthia talk candidly about finding the word trans, eye-opening awareness and re-evaluating gender.
For Isaac this was a very personal exploration.
"The clouds opened up and it was like a whole new day. A lot of people don't realize, just having a word for something that you're feeling, helps validate that so incredibly."
Cisgender (Cis) -- what's it means anyway?
Cis is the latin term for 'on the same side of' and simply put describes someone who's sex as assigned at birth aligns with their gender identity. It aligns with who they are on the inside.
Gender identity is ones innermost sense of self as a man or as a woman or lying somewhere in between these gender lines; or as lying outside these gender lines altogether.
Dive deeper: Check out Oprah Winfrey's Soulful Sunday talk with Janet Mock. It's Oprah's 'aha moment'!
Talking pronouns -- anyone with a gender neutral name out there?Why are pronouns so important? Like, they can be life-saving because of their life-affirming nature for trans and gender questionning youth. Dive deeper here with 'They matter and here's why'.
Being trans is not equal to being gay. One is an identity; the other a sexual orientation. And there is no one way to be trans. Think of gender identity as lying on a spectrum as opposed to being a 'two choice box' categorization we're expected to tick.
In this episode we talk phases, exploration and space. If you're a parent who's child, niece, nephew, grand-child is gender questionning -- let's break it down.
What if it IS a phase?
We hope you dive in and enjoy our first 35 minutes. Wish to add to the conversation or ask us a question?
Email and we'll be sure add your voice to the conversation in an upcoming episode!