OtherWise 102

Key Terms and Concepts

If you are looking for basic instruction around OtherWise identities like transgender, intersex, non-binary, and gender creative, this is the place to start! We spend roughly 20 minutes on each of those topics using some of the best video resources (with transcripts) from around the internet.
OtherWise 102: Key Terms and Concepts


Pre-Requisite: Being Brave Together: A Transfaith Primer (free) frames dialogue expectations for all OtherWise Academy discussion forums.

  • Being Brave Together is strongly recommended as a way to understand our dialogue expectations. However, you can begin the OtherWise 101 series without that 10 minute experience, if you are too eager to wait.

Certificate Program: Transfaith for Allies (free).

  • The Transfaith for Allies introductory course is also a good place to start your journey through the Transfaith for Allies certificate program and provides a different kind of starting point.

Designed for: English-speaking adults, regardless of religious affiliation or professional aspirations.

  • The content may also be appropriate for younger audiences who are prepared for references to sexuality and body parts in an educational  context.

Hours of Video: approximately 1.5 hours of video total, with transcripts provided

OtherWise Voices: Mx Chris Paige, Pidgeon Pagonis, Sean Saifa Wall, Emily Quinn, Alice Alvarez, Morgan Carpenter, Lianne Simon, CJ Duron, Carrie Davis, Nico Baretta, Laverne Cox, Sand Chang, Ray Carannante, Saffron Kershaw-Mee, James Hughes, Rosamund Liebeskind, Nadia Vogel, Saskia Reed, Alok Vaid-Menon, Liam Hooper

Status: Open Access


  1. Understand the difference between intersex and transgender
  2. Recognize the unique needs of gender creative and gender expansive children
  3. Recognize the unique needs of transgender adolescents
  4. Identify 3 basic categories of transgender experience
  5. Understand nonbinary gender as a diverse range of experiences

Description: This course includes our best recommendations for quickly learning the basics about transgender, intersex, non-binary, gender creative / expansive. This is an accessible survey of key terms and concepts around gender diversity in the Western world, drawing from some of the best video materials available on the internet (with transcripts provided).  

The material here is curated to take you step by step through an introductory experience. Each "section" includes approximately 20 minutes of video around a particular theme with captions and/or transcript available. You move through the content at your own pace. Meanwhile, checkpoints between "lessons" provide an opportunity to review and reflect on what you have been learning.

While there are short references to specific religio-cultural contexts, this course is designed for everyone regardless of religious background or professional aspirations.

You will find introductory videos from groups like InterAct Advocates for Intersex Youth, the Interface Project, Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia), The Advocate, the Human Rights Campaign, Seattle Children's Hospital, University of California at San Francisco, The New York LGBT Center, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Reconciling Ministries Network.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and Instructions (4.5 minutes of video)

    • Welcome to the OtherWise Academy!

    • Dialogue Expectations

    • Thinkific Orientation (optional)

  • 2

    Quick Review: OtherWise 101 (2 minutes of video)

    • Your Assignment, Should You Choose To Accept It

    • Download What Is Gender? (PDF)

    • Download the Gender Koosh (PDF)

    • Download the Sexuality Ecosystem (PDF)

    • Prepare and Reflect

    • Take Time to Be Present

  • 3

    Intersex 101 (24 minutes of video)

    • You Can't Ask That

    • What It's Like to Be Intersex

    • Intersex: The I in LGBTI

    • OtherWise Introduction: Lianne

    • Story Review: Lianne

    • Finding Intersex Community

    • Related Resources: Intersex 101

    • Review and Reflect

    • Take Time to Be Present

  • 4

    Gender Creative and Gender Expansive Children 101 (22 minutes of video)

    • Children, Choices, and Care

    • Gender and Children

    • OtherWise Introduction: CJ

    • Story Review: CJ

    • Consistent, Insistent, Persistent

    • Gender Creative and Expansive Kids

    • About Puberty Blockers

    • Gender-Affirming Care for Children and Adolescents

    • Related Resources: Gender Creative and Gender Expansive Children 101

    • Review and Reflect

    • Take Time to Be Present

  • 5

    Transgender 101 (22 minutes of video)

    • Three Categories

    • Transgender Basics

    • OtherWise Introduction: Laverne

    • Story Review: Laverne

    • Related Resources: Transgender 101

    • Review and Reflect

    • Take Time to Be Present

  • 6

    Non-Binary 101 (21 minutes of video)

    • What Does Non-Binary Mean?

    • Things Not to Say to a Non-Binary Person

    • OtherWise Introduction: Alok

    • Story Review: Alok

    • Learning about Pronouns

    • What is in a Name?

    • Related Resources: Non-Binary 101

    • Review and Reflect

    • Take Time to Be Present

  • 7


    • Summary: OtherWise 102

    • About the Transfaith for Allies certificate

    • Certificate: Final Project

  • 8

    Next Steps...

    • You did it! What's Next?

    • Before you go...

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