If I call Ricky Gervais by the name “Dick” or even “Lucy,” for example, and he disapproves, that has a completely different impact than knowingly referring to a trans person by their birth-assigned name. This isn’t just about celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner, whose pre-transition identities are well known. Deliberately misnaming or misgendering anyone is wrong, but deadnaming can get trans people fired, evicted from their homes, or even killed. “Trans panic” is still a legal defense for murder in 49 out of 50 US States. This isn’t merely about taking offense; this is about survival.

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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