Help! Somebody I love is transgender. Part 2: What should I say and do?

Only Known Photograph Of The Two Genders
  • Trans is short, simple, and always okay to use.
  • Transgender is also fine!
  • Transsexual is a dated word that you should avoid using unless you’re singing along to The Rocky Horror Picture Show by yourself. Remember Part 1: being trans is about gender identity, not biological sex, so use the word with ‘gender’ in it instead of the word with ‘sex’ in it.
  • Tr*nny is a slur. Do not ever use it in any context.

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Novelist. Trans lesbian. Early thirties. Former Hollywood hench-person. Lover of cats, mountains, bad movies, good TV, coffee, beer, and games.

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