I’m an agender trans male and I agree with most of this article, but not on the terms “transsexual” or “gender-confirming surgery.” I use the term transsexual male to describe myself because I feel that I have a miswiring between body and brain, which is a medical issue that I am addressing with testosterone. But I am also agender as I don’t believe in the gender binary; I use they/them/their pronouns and only have transitioned to male for legal purposes because being legally agender isn’t an option (yet). I would never force the word “transsexual” onto someone who didn’t want it, but not all trans people who use that word are truscum/transmedicalists.

As for gender-confirming surgery, some of us see that phrase as reinforcing the idea that we need surgery or other medical intervention to confirm our genders. I prefer to simply refer to genital surgery or chest reconstruction, as appropriate. Or when speaking more informally with other trans people, “top” or “bottom” surgery. I do agree that “sex change” and “gender reassignment” are not good terms either, and that, most importantly, whether someone has had or plans to have surgery is no one else’s business.

Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, photographer, blogger. Pronouns: they/them/their. http://funcrunch.org, https://www.patreon.com/funcrunch

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