Demanding cancellation of IPC Section 377, members of Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum, along with their supporters, staged a protest demonstration in Chamarajanagar, on Tuesday.
As the infographic below says, “With more visibility comes more understanding.” This is what Transgender Awareness Week is all about.
In order to add to that visibility, I’m going to blog about a different trans hero of mine every day this week. As I have said before, the news headlines about transgender people tend to make for pretty bleak reading. This week, therefore, I want to focus on those members of the trans community who have positive stories to tell for themselves and for others like them.
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!
This infographic is USA-centric but the proportions probably hold true for most countries. The last stat on the infographic is probably the most shameful and, as anyone who follows the news on trans issues knows, not only are trans people not taken seriously when they complain about discrimination, they are also often not taken seriously when they complain to the authorities about physical or verbal assault/abuse. Worse, one could also add that often times the discrimination that trans people are subjected to comes from the authorities and government departments.
Taiwan Reverses Decision, Upholds Transgender Marriage – http://huff.to/1evmjSI
Here is a handy guide for pronouns in the English Language provided by the Trans Student Equality Resources. Generally, you should not hesitate to ask/clarify what pronoun a person prefers to use. That is the best way to make sure that you don’t offend them by presuming their preferred pronoun.
Genderqueer and Trans people should also take the initiative to tell people of their preferred pronoun. After all, you have to be your own ally.