10 Simple But Impactful Ways You Can Support The Trans People In Your Life

10 Simple But Impactful ways you can support the trans people in your life

5. Ask questions, don't assume!

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Disclaimer: I am not trans.

I do not know what it is like to be trans and I never will. But a handful of people who I am close to are and this article was inspired by them! Also, my boyfriend (who is trans) helped me write this! Here are 10 easy things you can do to support your trans family, friends, and partners!

1. Use correct pronouns!

Yes, it might be an adjustment, but this is such an easy way to support the trans people in your life! Pronouns are so validating for someone who is trans and working to start new, correct habits will make your trans friend very happy!

2. Educate yourself!

Trans issues and topics are new and ever-changing. Take some time to do a little research and educate yourself on these issues. Also, just being aware of the basics is very helpful.

3. Know that not all trans people are the same or are going through the same issues

Every single trans person is different and all of their transitions will not look the same. Do not think you know everything about what it is like to be trans just because you know one trans person. Every trans person is having their own unique experience and transition so don't compare people just because they have being trans in common.

4. Be aware of gender-neutral restrooms

If you notice that a certain restaurant or store has gender-neutral restrooms, make a mental note! This can be helpful if you are ever out with a trans friend! However, some trans people don't mind using "male" or "female" restrooms. But for those who do or feel safer in them, this will help them out a lot!

5. Ask questions, don't assume!

Just ask! One thing I've learned from dating a trans person and also being friends with trans people is that they would rather you just ask than say the wrong thing, assume, or keep quiet. As long as you are respectful, most trans people won't mind answering your questions. (But you should probably do #2 before you ask something that can easily be googled.)

6. USE CORRECT PRONOUNS

Adding this again because it is that easy and that simple. PRONOUNS ARE IMPORTANT and they make a world of difference.

7. Be aware of the language you use

This not only goes for when you're around trans people but everywhere you go. Be aware of the words you're using and how they might make someone who is trans feel. Words and phrases like "dude," "guys," "suck my dick," "ladies and gents," etc. can be very triggering to some trans people so please be aware of that!

8. Support them publicly and silently

Don't be afraid to stand up for you trans friends. If you can't do that, you don't deserve to be their friend. But also know that not every conversation has to be about their gender identity. They are human just like everyone else.

9. Make sure you include trans people when talking about important issues.

Stop excluding trans men from the topics of birth control and abortions. Stop excluding trans women from the topics of feminism and sexism. STOP EXCLUDING TRANS PEOPLE WHEN TALKING ABOUT RAPE AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ASSAULT. Stop assuming that only girls can be on their period. Trans people deserve to have their issues validated and voice's heard.

10. Love them

They need your love and support-so give it as much as you can!

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1. They shop at Goodwill mostly... low maintenance you could say?

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2. They are pretty awesome at talking to parents... opening days have given good practice for them. Give them 15 minutes and they will become best friends with your parents.

3. Their best friends actually are long distance...so you can wait a while to meet their besties who will want to know everything about you and make sure your intentions are good.

4. They have learned how to look decently presentable without showering for a week... maybe two...you may or may not like this one.

5. They are always down for adventure... sure let's hike for eight miles uphill in the middle of the week!

6. They know what it is like to be woken up at 2 a.m. because someone wet their bed... mom training.

7. They also know how to give the "modest is hottest" talk to the teenage campers... and will help give you a classy future daughter.

8. Building fires is their hidden talent... if you ever get stuck on a deserted island with them they can help you.

9. Animal shirts are a common clothing item... they know how to have fun.

10. They throw killer dance parties... ones your grandma would approve of.

11. They are used to being publicly embarrassed for others (their campers') enjoyment... and usually can take a joke or prank well.

12. They also know how to prank you back... summer camp prepares you for awesome prank wars.

13. If you want to see her with no makeup on just look at her camp photos... natural beauty?

14. They actually love children... they chose to spend a whole summer loving other people's kids; imagine how awesome they will treat their own.

15. Chances are they are a really fun person and will bring out your inner child... yes, climb that random tree and paint your face because it is Wednesday.

16. Their "real job" will come later in life... they will end up being successful. Most employers love to hire former counselors, so it is not a waste of a summer.

17. They know how to hide their favorites in life really well... so if they choose to date you they are basically saying you are their favorite and that is a big deal to them.

18. They have learned how to eat unhealthy food every day for a whole summer and stay in shape... or try to at least.

19. They also are obviously not a diva when it comes to material needs...they went a whole summer without even air conditioning and never complained.

20. If they love you anything like they love their campers your needs will always be put first...they are some of the most selfless people you will ever meet.

21. They love God, living for Him, and have already made a difference in many children's lives... they are the real MVPS.

If you are still looking for a place to work this summer and love adventure, Jesus, and children, apply for Camp Crestridge for Girls; they still have many positions available. I'll be there so you should too!

If you are a boy apply for Camp Ridgecrest for Boys!

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"This is Jade, get to the nearest safehouse and wait until dawn... Good night, and good luck." The radio goes off as your watch beeps. It is now 21:00, and you are in danger. In the night, things are never the same...

Dying Light is one of the most iconic zombie games of this era, featuring never before seen concepts in its genre. It also features one of the most scary features of all, drawing inspiration from Minecraft. Here are all the things that makes Dying Light terrifying. Beware, violent images ahead.

A better "Dead Island"

"Dying Light" was developed by Techland - a company famous for its prior zombie game: Dead Island. Dead Island was a hit due to its new mechanics involving heavy emphasis on melee combat and weapon crafting. This put players in a tough spot because unlike its predecessors of "Left 4 Dead" or "Killing Floor," guns are a rarity and survival depends on resourcefulness.

After the failed release of "Dead Island: Riptide" - a low effort expansion - Techland parted ways with their publisher Deep Silver, in pursuit of a game that they can formulate on their own.

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Flash forward to 2015, and "Dying Light" was released with massive success. It featured functions not available in "Dead Island" while debuting a new feature: parkour. Yes, you read that right, parkour.

Parkour?

Parkour was an interesting system to be implemented in a zombie game, but it would make total sense when you think more about it. Imagine the streets being filled with mindless zombies. One bite, and you're infected. Leave untreated, and you're gone. The rooftops is the only safe option, and you need the athleticism to scale buildings and run away from danger. In Dying Light, you're not a hunter. You're the hunted.

The night

Fear not the day, for night is your true enemy. In "Dying Light," zombies are infected with a special virus. This strain of virus is afraid of UV light, meaning that during the day, the zombies' motor functions are extremely suppressed, making them sluggish and dumb. But when night comes, the virus unleashes its full potential, turning slow zombies into athletic and crazed chasers that can pursuit you for miles at incredible speeds.

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Other than that, at night, a special mutation of zombies appear called "Volatiles." They are athletically superior, incredibly strong, and are terrifying. They usually emit a gargling sound and makes clicking noises, both of which join together for a scary combo. Plus, in the night, you are vulnerable. Sneaking while watching out for monsters in the dark isn't exactly easy.

Equipped with a UV Flashlight with limited battery life, you are left with only one weapon for self-defense if you ever find yourself in a pursuit. And in all cases, just run.

Noises

"Dying Light" has an interesting approach to noise. Zombies are very sensitive to noises. A gunshot, an explosion, a car alarm, or a loud crash onto a crumbling building could attract hordes to your position. In this game, noises determine your survival at night. Know when to throw a firecracker for distraction or when to trip car alarm traps could mean the difference between surviving a night and not seeing the day.


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Closing words

"Dying Light" promises a unique zombie experience different from most games. It's gritty, it's scary, and it's fun - these standards are those that game developers could only dream about when designing a zombie franchise. Nothing is more bone-chilling than hearing a volatile scream as the night comes, an explosion going off nearby, or when the sun sets gently behind the slums of Harran. But zombies aren't the only threats. Humans are an entire different ball game, but that's up to you to explore.

Good night and good luck...

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