Monday, April 02, 2018


We tend to use abbreviations that we think everyone knows or words that our community knows we think everyone knows them also, words like cisgender.
By Sabrina Barr
April 1, 2018

Yesterday marked the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day on which people raise awareness for and celebrate the transgender community all over the world.

While many are accepting of people of all genders, others can have a close-minded view of what it means to be transgender.

A transgender woman has shared an illuminating video on Twitter debunking common transphobic myths that some people still propagate to this day.
One of the comments from the article…
You know what, I have watched the video three times and I have no idea what they are talking about, binary, androgenous (I know what that means), cigender etc etc. What a weird mess to have to live in, must be very difficult.
When I was an intern for my masters in social work I learned a valuable lesson.

I was tabling at a straight conference put on by a local television station and I was telling the people that stopped by the table that we were a LGBT family and youth service organization and I found out that the majority of people who stopped by didn’t have a clue what LGBT stood for.

So when we use words like cisgender, binary, or gender queer we know what we are talking about but most people do not.

Instead use something like “they identify as the gender they were born in other words they are cisgender.”

Or “most people think sex as a binary, in other words male or female…”

We can make what we think is the best video, or give the best speech, or on a great panel but in reality our message didn’t get across. We have to go under the assumption that people do not know the vocabulary and explain the words as we use them and then the video will be great or the speech will be memorable.

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