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Created by Living Trans Pride at Sherbourne Health Centre.
… I honestly… i just dont understand… like, i just don’t get it… This is a first. Can someone explain? Im so confused…
cisgenders are so brave. i have cissy friends and i love all of them. <3 stay strong you beautiful people!!!! ALLY PRIDE!!
i cant imagine being cis tbh it must be so hard
it’s good that there r resources like this for cis ppl
Cisgendurs are so brave and inspirational. I have so many cis friends cuz I am so liberal and I care
We should all be more accepting of cisgenderz, guys. They deserve all the rights we got, we need to remember our trans-privilege. :(
Two three-page pamphlets. From the first page of the first pamphlet:
COMING OUT AS CIS
and how to cope with that decision. a guide for people who think they may be cisgendered.
From the second page of the first pamphlet:
Cis people are human too!
They may not recieve the same rights and acceptance as the rest of us. There have been great strides made for their situation.
Being cis can be a scary life choice, and many will be asked if they weren’t making “the biggest mistake of their lives”. but cis people usually know what they’re getting to and it is something they feel they must do.
What is a cissexual?
Cissexual people are just like you and me, except their assigned birth sex is the extent of their gender identity.
They will often choose not to go through hormone therapy options and instead, they will force their gonads to produce their hormones. Many cis people will know they are cis from a very young age. They often have a strong identity as their gender, which is why they choose to live as cissexuals.
Cis people deal with feeling excluded and isolated in the real world. Sometimes, they stay closeted for a long time before coming out as cis.
Cissexual people are just like you and me.
From the third page of the first pamphlet:
Common questions and comments about cis people.
You don’t look like a cis person.
Cis people might not look like what you expect. Cis people can be anywhere.
Does this mean you’re gay/straight?
Even though most cis people are straight, some might be gay or even bisexual.
Who are you going to date?
Even though cis people might have a harder time finding someone who will date them, they are still able to have healthy relationships. Often cis people will date other cis people.
Aren’t you too young to be cis?
It’s never too early or too late to be cis. Many cis people know they are cis when they are children, but others might not know until they are 20—40.
How do you have sex?
Cis people can be very inventive with their bodies.
How can you be sure you don’t want hormone blockers?
Cis people will often choose not to use hormone blockers and instead rely on their gonads to put them through ‘biological puberty’. This is what makes cis people happy.
How do you know you’re cis?
Many cis people feel they “know” their gender internally. They feel they were “born this way”, even if most people don’t understand.
So is your partner straight or…?
Cis people are just like the rest of us. Cis people will often date people who’s [sic] sexuality is an attraction to the gender they identify as.
You may have lots of questions about cissexuals, it’s natural to be curious. But remember to also be respectful.
From the first page of the second pamphlet:
Partners of cissexuals
Cis people may decide to date or even get married. Cis people may date each other, it’s usually easier for them to be with someone who understands their gender identity. If you are romantically involved with a cis person, or have recently found out your partner is cissexual, there is support!
Mondays: The cis partner network / 7:00pm room 102
Tuesdays: Loving a cissexual / 5:30pm room 333
Resources for cissies
CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
CHOICE (Cis Heroes Organzing Internal Cis Empowerment)
Stationary Gender: Weekly meetings for the gender solid. (Always room 305 at 6:00pm)
Cissy and Proud: Support for those living as cis
PFCQ (Parents and Friends of Cis and Questioning)
CFC: Cis Fusion Crew
Cis Pride Day: Annually at the Shelbourne Health Center
(Also see: everywhere)
How to tell your family and friends you are cis
Telling people you are cis is a big step. You may want to write a letter or send an email. It’s often very hard for people to accept their friend or family member’s new identity. Give them time to [get used to] you being a cisgender.
From the second page of the second pamphlet:
Passing as cis
Cis people may experience the need to “pass” as cisgender.
The ones who wish to “pass” as “men” will wear suits, ties, they often even facial hair and cut their hair short.
The ones who wish to “pass” as “women” will wear dresses, skirts, not even putting on facial hair, and choosing instead to wear makeup and grow out their hair.
Cissexual people do not explore gender outside of male or female
Famous Cis People
- Tom Cruise
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- The Queen
- George Clooney
- Betty White
- Emma Stone
- Albert Einstein
- Laura Secord (?)
- Louis Reid (?)
- Jesus Christ
- Brad Pitt has been suspected of being cissexual, but he has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.
The third page of the second pamphlet is a picture of Brad Pitt looking soulfully at the camera while cradling his cheek in his hand.