You have the power to fight hate. Being an ally to transgender people can seem like a daunting task. In a world full of discrimination, it can feel impossible to make a difference on your own. In reality, this is the furthest thing from true. Some of the most crucial points of allyship can come from simple changes to your daily routine.
Words are powerful, and knowing your terminology makes all of the difference in trans allyship. Many trans people spend a majority of their lifetimes being called the wrong name, wrong pronouns, and receive hateful slurs. By simply being intentional with your language regarding trans people, you can show them that you care, and reduce a profound amount of stress and dysphoria from their daily lives.
If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with trans people, it’s natural to have some questions about their story and gender identity. While there is nothing inherently wrong with these curiosities, it’s important not to use that as an excuse to be invasive. Asking personal questions about someone’s anatomy is not appropriate or necessary, and usually makes trans people feel uncomfortable even if the questions are well-intended. Instead, doing your own research online is a great way to stay informed without crossing any boundaries.
At the end of the day, transgender people are simply human beings who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. These tips are a great way to remind you how to treat people how you would want to be treated.