OPINION: Having a “genital preference” is transphobic

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May 15, 2019
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OPINION: Having a “genital preference” is transphobic

During June 2017, Washington D.C. had the transgender flag painted on this sidewalk along with six others in a show of pride against transphobia. One significant obstacle to equality for trans people is that so many equate gender to genitalia.

During June 2017, Washington D.C. had the transgender flag painted on this sidewalk along with six others in a show of pride against transphobia. One significant obstacle to equality for trans people is that so many equate gender to genitalia.

Photo from Flickr via Creative Commons License

During June 2017, Washington D.C. had the transgender flag painted on this sidewalk along with six others in a show of pride against transphobia. One significant obstacle to equality for trans people is that so many equate gender to genitalia.

Photo from Flickr via Creative Commons License

Photo from Flickr via Creative Commons License

During June 2017, Washington D.C. had the transgender flag painted on this sidewalk along with six others in a show of pride against transphobia. One significant obstacle to equality for trans people is that so many equate gender to genitalia.

I’ve heard around the school a couple times that people are “okay” with transgender people, but just wouldn’t date a transgender person because they have a “genital preference.” That’s not accepting of the transgender community. That’s being transphobic.

It’s perfectly acceptable to have a gender preference, but gender is not determined by genitals. Gender is determined by how one wants to identify and nothing else. So when you have a “genital preference,” you’re just reducing gender down to reproductive organs.

Plenty of transgender people either have not transitioned into their preferred gender or they simply do not want to go through surgeries to medically transition. Those transgender people and transgender people who have medically transitioned are still people who deserve to identify as their true gender.

Gender is determined by how one wants to identify and nothing else.”

— Op-ed Editor Abri Hausman

Reducing gender down to genitals excludes those who have not medically transitioned to their gender.

You shouldn’t reject dating a transgender person just because their gender doesn’t match that gender’s reproductive organs. Just like transgender people shouldn’t identify their genitals at the beginning of a relationship to cater to transphobes’ wants.

Transphobia shouldn’t grant you a pass to make other people change just to make you more “comfortable” in your secluded livelihood. This is a free country and your life shouldn’t have to cater to other people’s needs if you’re not directly negatively impacting them.

Last time I checked, presenting as your true self doesn’t affect anyone.

We live in a conservative town — I get that. I know there will be transphobic and homophobic people. What bugs me is that there are people who don’t want to be seen as a discriminatory person and be ridiculed for their transphobia.

So they say that they’re “okay with it” but just don’t like to see the effects of transgender people gaining equality and human rights. They say that because they have a shred of morality and know it’s not their place to disagree with someone’s identity. They want to be inclusive because it’s trendy. But they aren’t inclusive. They aren’t “slightly transphobic.” They’re completely transphobic.

There is a gender spectrum, but not a transphobia one.

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