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Trans and Gender Diversity 101 Course

Learn about trans and gender diversity, from basic terminology to community challenges and priorities.

  • Published
  • 19 December 2023
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Learn about trans and gender diversity in your context and worldwide, from basic terminology to community challenges and priorities, and the support you can provide.

Trans and gender diverse (TGD) individuals are chronically left behind in global health and human rights services and programs. There is a lack of TGD-informed and TGD-led consolidated resources on which various stakeholders can build relevant services and programs. To solve this problem, GATE developed a Trans and Gender Diversity 101 online course, now available to take for free at GATE Learning Hub.

Who is this Training for?

The course will aim to increase stakeholders’ knowledge of how to build trans-informed and trans-specific programs. The targeted audience is large, from global health bodies or human rights mechanisms to international development actors.

Who developed the training?

The curriculum was designed by Mahri Bahati, MPH, supported by a trans and gender diverse Steering Committee composed of Alma Aguilar Betancurt, Charlie Moldaver, Malak Elhamidy, Mira Tay, Natt Kraipet, Özge Sofia Aldynay Brandt, Raphael Oyeniyi, and Vihaan Vee.

What are the learning modules about?

Trans and Gender Diversity 101 is divided into 5 modules:


  • Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sexual Characteristics
  • Sex Assigned at Birth vs Gender Identity and Expression
  • Gender Diversity Terms and Terminology
  • Pronouns and Language
  • The Importance of Self-Identification


  • Gender Diversity Around The World
  • Recognizing Ancestral and Pre-Colonial Gender Diversity
  • Understanding Intersectionality
  • Stigma and Discrimination
  • Human Rights Based Approaches
  • Legal Gender Recognition
  • Public Health Disparities
  • Anti-Gender Movements


  • Allyship
  • Strategies for Public Health Workforce
  • Strategies for International Development and Human Rights Mechanisms

By the end of this training, you will have a better understanding of the community needs and priorities of trans and gender diverse people around the world, as well as concrete recommendations on how to be an ally.