posts tagged "transgender"
50% of transgender/gender-fluid Americans reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care. 19% have been refused medical care because of their gender identity. 90% of transgender Americans experience harassment, mistreatment, or discrimination on the job or took actions like hiding who they are to avoid it.
Transgender people make up only 1% of the American population. 1 in 12 will be murdered, over half will be discriminated against, over half will be rejected by their families, and around 42% will attempt suicide. These statistics are astronomical given the small size of the transgender community.
Isn’t it about time for us to make the change we want to see in our society? Speak up. Reach out. Educate.
You are not allowed to out me
You are not allowed to say
- He’s a boy, but
- He’s not actually a boy
- He’s actually transgender
- He doesn’t have the right “parts”
- He was born a girl
- He used to be a girl
You are definitely not allowed to say
- and “Hers”
When I have specifically told you to use
- and “His”
If you don’t know don’t assume; ask.
If you do know, don’t out.
The only circumstance when it’s okay for you to out me is if I say it is okay.
“The Office of Human Rights transgender and gender identity non-discrimination campaign will appear throughout DC in Fall and Winter of 2012. The campaign will feature five transgender or gender non-conforming people in a series of five ads. The campaign aims to increase understanding of the community, reduce discriminatory incidents in DC and increase reporting of discrimination when it happens.”
just saw this on facebook https://www.facebook.com/DCOHR
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yaaaaaaaaay I love you, DC
Why “Transgender” is Better Than “Transgendered”
It’s largely linguistic in reasoning!
The -ed removes agency and passivizes the modified subject. That morpheme suggests that the subject is operated upon, transgender-ed, by something (presumably society), and is thus altered from an original (“normal” - cisgender) state.
As evidence: there is a fairly common faulty back-formation, the verb “to transgender,” from “to be transgendered.” This is sometimes used to mean “to transition,” which is a mistaken meaning of what transgender means anyway.
This phrasing basically posits nurture over nature (regardless of the individual’s personal feelings on their identity’s source), suggests being transgender is a result of brainwashing/group-think or faulty raising or some sort of change, and leads to a pathologizing and “cure”-based approach.
Of course any individual may prefer transgendered to transgender! I have heard some folks speak up and say that they do indeed feel society made them this way. Completely valid.
But as a universal application, it is far less neutral and leaves trans folks less room to position themselves, and honestly gives people the wrong overall impression and gives media pundits a subtle way to continue painting trans people as passive victims and objects.
It may not be a big issue, but it definitely does influence how people think, however subtly. Language is tricky that way!
A few of you sent me this link — thank you! Googling “transgender versus transgendered” didn’t bring it up. I knew it was “transgender” but I couldn’t figure out how to explain it. Many thanks to all the folks who helped me out :)
Oooh, this is a really good explanation.