Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019

The experience of a young transgender person

What is this?

​This resource is a film of an interview with Aaron who is transgender. The interview took place at an event for young people who were Mentors in the Violence Prevention Programme (MVP).

The interview looks at ‘coming out’, peer support and the role of staff in supporting transgender learners in school. The film, which lasts for approximately eight minutes, allows the voice of a transgender young person to be heard.

Who is this for?

​All practitioners and secondary school learners.

How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

This resource could be a stimulus for discussion and reflection by both practitioners and pupils. Improvement questions might include:

  • To what extent do practitioners and learners understand what it means to be transgender?
  • How well does our school community help young people of all genders feel valued, accepted and included?
  • How can our school community promote the equality and wellbeing of young transgender learners?

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In the video, Aaron explores the following:

  • feelings associated with coming out;​
  • the support of friends who helped educate peers;
  • the experience of being transgender in school;
  • the support of LGBT Youth Scotland;
  • the support of school staff;
  • setting up a LGBT youth group in school;
  • negative reactions.

Aaron suggests ideas for improvement including:

  • teachers becoming more inclusive in their lessons and trying to identify transphobia sooner;
  • peers educating themselves and others, making their conversations more inclusive and using the right name and pronoun.