Cisgender Definitions

No, “cis” is not a slur.

Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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Pete, a white cis man, and Pax, a Black transmasculine person, are sitting in front of a brick wall, next to a projection screen displaying several gender identity terms. Pax is speaking into a microphone while Pete watches.
Pax gives a presentation on gender identity at a Wikipedia salon alongside host Pete Forsyth, April 2016. Photo CC BY-SA 4.0, Pax Ahimsa Gethen.

Yesterday (June 20, 2023), Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that “cisgender” and “cis” are now considered slurs on that platform. In response, below is a slightly updated version of a blog entry I wrote on that topic in 2015.

Living as a trans person for the past nine years, I sometimes forget that much of society does not have any clue about the definitions I…

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Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, pacifist. Pronouns: they/them/their. funcrunch.org, patreon.com/funcrunch