Is there a term that is preferred to ...

Is there a term that is preferred to 'transgendered'?

There are 11 comments on the The Georgia Straight story from Jan 8, 2014, titled Is there a term that is preferred to 'transgendered'?. In it, The Georgia Straight reports that:

The article was positive about transgendered persons I have known . Upon seeing a draft prior to publication, this person flipped out so hard that I felt compelled to cut off all contact with her.

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Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#1 Jan 8, 2014
You may think of it as an adjective, I see it as a verb. The Latin word "Trans" is to cross.(action, verb). Cross what? Cross genders (Sex), of course! To cross genders is an action requiring a verb. Placing the "ed" suffix on tells me that it's already happened, in the past. Therefore I think the verb form is correct. Although the verb is Latin and out of correct usage, I don/'t think it's being hyper correct to use as it was intended.
Regards, Terri
david traversa

Argentina

#3 Jan 8, 2014
Ancient cultures considered hermaphrodites divine creatures and worshipped them . I thoroughly agree with them . The fact that they were of the extremist rarity only made them more precious and , indeed , what could be more perfect ? So let's say that transgenders are close to the ideal and no controversy about the term or any other aspect of their existence should exist . Of course , these grammar matters are endlessly fascinating .

Since: Nov 09

Columbus OH

#4 Jan 8, 2014
I will try to be more cognizant of how I use the word. The article also brought up one of my major complaints. It did say that the word Gay is not a noun. The word Gay is an adjective. I have been saying that for a long time. I am not a Gay. I am a Gay individual. The worst offenders of that are the newspaper headline writers.
Dr Reker s Bellhop

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Jan 8, 2014
"Trans" person as an adjective should be fine, just like glbt or lgbt or queer should be good enough. We don't have to list every questioning or asexual or str8 ally or homosexual or gender queer exactly correctly to move forward. Transgender should be fine, as should trangendered person.

Sometimes the right wing is sort of correct: Some of these activists are just professional complainers with unaddressed control issues.

Since: Jan 08

Bangkok, Thailand

#6 Jan 8, 2014
In Thailand, where they are openly accepted in society, they are called katoys, a Thai word, and in English, lady boys. Neither is considered derogatory. There is an annual international beauty contest for them which is shown nationwide on network TV. They fool many a western tourist!
Darrin

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Jan 8, 2014
Freaks.

“Can't help being fabulous”

Since: Dec 10

Sparkle <3

#8 Jan 8, 2014
the term Trans* can be used as an adjective to describe if someone is transgender or not. In the same way cis, gay, straight, black, white are adjectives.

Though most Trans* people are already dealing with gender dysphoria and would rather be described using the gender pronouns they prefer. I.e. He (if they see themselves as male) or she (if female) or they (if agender)
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#9 Jan 9, 2014
Once Upon a Time I used the word [email protected]' in a TOPIX discussion and triggered an internet meltdown
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I thought it was an affectionate and endearing term; but I was horribly wrong
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Until I can understand enough about it to exercise proper etiquette I will avoid the subject so I don't unintentionally offend anyone
Gloria

Youngstown, OH

#10 Jan 9, 2014
Dr Reker s Bellhop wrote:
"Trans" person as an adjective should be fine, just like glbt or lgbt or queer should be good enough. We don't have to list every questioning or asexual or str8 ally or homosexual or gender queer exactly correctly to move forward. Transgender should be fine, as should trangendered person.
Sometimes the right wing is sort of correct: Some of these activists are just professional complainers with unaddressed control issues.
I agree wholeheartedly, and really appreciate your ability to say that while still being an ally and not being rude!
Gloria

Youngstown, OH

#11 Jan 9, 2014
I have been exercising the use of the term "they" as a neutral term, and i do it until i know what an individual prefers. I think its the best way to avoid offense and is honestly just considerate! Gender is fluid and we should guess what people are just bases on how they look, so i try to see all strangers as "they" until i am told directly by the person what they identify as.

“Can't help being fabulous”

Since: Dec 10

Sparkle <3

#12 Jan 9, 2014
Rainbow Kid wrote:
Once Upon a Time I used the word [email protected]' in a TOPIX discussion and triggered an internet meltdown
.
I thought it was an affectionate and endearing term; but I was horribly wrong
.
Until I can understand enough about it to exercise proper etiquette I will avoid the subject so I don't unintentionally offend anyone
I think that term has the same connotations that "f*g" does for LGB people.

The term Trans is fine, or alternatively just refer to Trans people by the pronouns they prefer, i.e. he/she/they. i.e. If someone is a male to female transgender person, they will prefer to be seen as a woman and be referred to as "she" rather than "he" :)

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