Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s info

To me, the infographic below is common sense but you’d be amazed at how many people think some of the language in red is acceptable. I recently had an incident involving language with a journalist writing about my recent novel. The idea of the “LGBT community” was completely foreign to her and I had to do some educating – not that I think she really got it even after I tried to explain. If someone working in the media doesn’t get it, there isn’t much hope for your average guy or girl. It is easy to forget that for lots and lots of people “gay” is still quite a novelty that flusters them – just imagine how exotic “trans” is for them!

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4 Responses to Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s info

  1. Asking a third party about my identity-

    I feel this is acceptable, because it can be a stage people go through. They feel uncomfortable, but they know the problem is with them, not me. They need consciously to “accept”, acceptance does not come easily to them, but they are doing the work of accepting.

    • I agree. I think there has to be a bit of give and take initially, especially if you can see the other person is making an effort. Sometimes asking a third party elicits the information they need to then use the right language – of course, it depends on the third party! I think there is a point, though, where if they persist with inappropriate language/comments, it becomes a big problem – mostly for them, I have to say!

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