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Acceptable GLAAD Glossary of Terms
« on: February 01, 2022, 10:37:07 am »
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To assist you with the use of terms that relate to the LGBTQ community, here are a Glossary of Terms and other information that will help you with using acceptable and proper word usage here on the Susan's Place Forums. 

Your attention to this matter is vitally important for the continuation of respect for all of those in the LBGTQ community.

The guidelines below need to be used when posting comments and replies here on the Forums.
Any questions? ... please ask.
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The following Glossary of Terms regarding word usage are from the GLAAD media guide.

For much more information and and acceptable word usage guidelines please click the LINK above and plan do some reading.
Terms to Avoid

     "t r a n s g e n d e r s," "a transgender"
Transgender should be used as an adjective, not as a noun. Do not say, "Tony is a transgender," or "The parade included many  t r a n s g e n d e r s."

      "t r a n s g e n d e r e d"
    The adjective transgender should never have an extraneous "-ed" tacked onto the end. An "-ed" suffix adds unnecessary length to the word and can cause tense confusion and grammatical errors. It also brings transgender into alignment with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer. You would not say that Elton John is "gayed" or Ellen DeGeneres is "lesbianed," therefore you would not say Chaz Bono is  "t r a n s g e n d e r e d."

     "t r a n s g e n d e r i s m"
        This is not a term commonly used by transgender people. This is a term used by anti-transgender activists to dehumanize transgender people and reduce who they are to "a condition."

     "biologically male," "biologically female," "genetically male," "genetically female," "born a man," "born a woman"
        Problematic phrases like those above are reductive and overly-simplify a very complex subject. As mentioned above, a person's sex is determined by a number of factors - not simply genetics - and a person's biology does not "trump" a person's gender identity. Finally, people are born babies: they are not "born a man" or "born a woman."
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