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PSA: current language

Updated: Oct 14

Language around gender changes rapidly and there's often not a consistent way to keep up with it; terms that were fine ten years ago have been moved on from. I hear plenty of meaningfully supportive folks using transgendered people and, less often, transgenders; both of these terms are considered outdated and offensive now (at least in the U.S.--they may still be current elsewhere). Of course, if someone self-identifies as one of these words, it is appropriate to use it for them specifically and very offensive to question or "correct" them. In general, it's trans or transgender as adjectives: trans and gender diverse people, trans people, transgender people, a trans person, a transgender person, etc.


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