Florida State University
In the Summer/Fall of 2015 my intern, Beth Thompson, had to do a final project for her MPH. She came to me with an idea to do a safer sex resource guide for trans students which I was 100% on board with. After giving me all the copy, I created the booklet and here we are today. At first, this was geared just to FSU but after hearing from others who wanted to use this for their campus/community, we created an additional version seen here that anyone can use. It is designed to be printed as a 5.5×8.5 booklet which some office printers can do – or you can bring it to your local print shop.
Note: If you do use the booklet, let us know! We’d love to get an idea of how far it has traveled or any suggestions you have to make this even better (e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and Beth Thompson at email@example.com). Also, If you are going to bookmark this booklet, please bookmark this page instead of the PDF as the link might break when the booklet is edited and updated.
From Beth: My name is Beth Thompson (she/they pronouns), and I created this booklet as part of my internship at Florida State University. I received my Masters of Public Health from FSU in April 2016. This booklet was created because of need I saw within sexual health and LGBTQ+ spaces. I created this booklet by researching for 100+ hours. I read journal articles, blogs, forums (ones specifically created for non-trans people to talk to trans folks), magazine articles and health initiatives. I also heavily reviewed the only other two similar booklets out at the time. I spoke with online trans communities and local trans communities. As the roughest drafts came together, I invited trans friends and contacts to review and critique it, because it was important to me that voices of transgender experience were heard. The terminology used throughout this booklet is a product of trying to meet in the middle. Between the medical perspective of using medical terminology as well as the trans perspective of having their own language for their bodies. Language is fluid and we hope that you will be able to mentally substitute any words you use with the ones we used.
I recently finished the first draft of a resource guide for one of my former colleagues/friends. She is working on an innovative study called the LITE study. As a part of the study, the researchers are providing the participants with a 5.5″ x 8.5″ resource booklet which will help them navigate Atlanta and find places that are gender affirming and able to assist any needs. Again, this example is the first draft as I’m currently awaiting any edits, so stay tuned for the final version!