CWACM continues to BE in solidarity with the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (GNC) community: in outrage that institutional violence is continually directed at people who identify as Transgender and Gender Nonconforming; also in sorrow and mourning for lives shortened by the impact of marginalization, hate, and violence.
The website for Transgender Day of Remembrance has made the following list available: TDR Please note that the list is current as of Nov. 17, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Central Time.
With gratitude, we also offer the following article by Déjà Speaks – a PSA concerning language with and about transgender persons. It’s about fundamental dignity, including the right to self-expression and personal identification. It’s also about the call to push ourselves beyond binaries and “othering.”
- It's trans, not trans*
- It's trans men and trans women, not transmen and transwomen – trans is an adjective that answers "what kind of men/women" – cis works the same way
- Never call trans men FTMs or trans women MTFs without their permission
- Trans is short for transgender, it's not plural for anything – trans person and trans people are both correct
- Never use "born in the wrong body" or "used to be a boy and became a girl" or "biologically/genetically male/female – all are just fancy ways to misgender someone (self identification with these phrases is different)
- Transgendered is wrong, so is "a transgender" and "transgenders"
- Being trans is not a sexuality nor is it a "sexual disorder" or any kind of disorder at all – gender identity disorder is not a real thing, and being trans isn't a medical condition
- "Transsexual" is generally considered an offensive term and should never be used to describe someone without their permission
- Don't refer to a trans person's gender as their gender identity, it's just their gender
- Similarly, don't refer to their pronouns as "preferred pronouns" – they're not preferred, they're mandatory