When the topic of trans issues arises, two things often spring to mind for people not in the trans community: bathrooms and pronouns. But it’s so much more than that. The HRC Foundation has estimated that there are more than 2 million transgender people across the United States and they are fighting stigma, poverty, and discrimination daily.  

In this episode of the Your Health Unlocked Podcast, we sit down with Heart, a queer and trans speaker, educator, activist, and yoga instructor, to learn how to be better allies to the trans community.  

Heart helps illuminate issues that the trans community face daily and gives us helpful tips on how we can help the trans folks in our lives succeed and thrive. 

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Common pronouns used in the trans community and why they’re important
  • The difference between sex and gender
  • The most dire health issues affecting the trans community today
  • The most effective ways for cis women to be better allies to people in the trans community

More about Heart: 

Heart is a queer, fat, trans masc activist, educator, and internationally renowned public speaker. He provides ‘Trans 101’ training to the federal government, corporations and non-profit organizations. He is also a certified yoga instructor and provides LGBTQIA+ inclusive, trauma-informed, fat positive yoga classes. 

Heart is proud to bring more trans representation to the forefronts of issues such as language justice, sexual health rights, racial justice, fat liberation and queer + trans equality. He advocates for self-love, self-acceptance and self-care daily for the LGBTQIA+ community through his Instagram: @transyogateacher

You find out more about Heart’s work on his website

You can also follow his Twitter: @TransYogaTeach 

Resources for Episode 016:

Learn more about Peace Corps, a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working with local leaders to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our generation. 

Find out more about the Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit community health center in Washington, D.C, that offers gender affirming care and services. 

Learn more about Tyson Yunkaporta’s book “Sand Talk” on goodreads. 

Discover more about “The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan” on goodreads.  

The Transgender Law Center conducted a needs assessment in the summer of 2015, in order to identify community needs and advocacy priorities. Key questions focused on barriers to health and well-being for transgender people living with HIV and on their legal and health priorities 

View the comic book guide to they/them pronouns: “A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns” on goodreads. 

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