Trans*respect flyer (English)


__“Thinking in drawers”:

You think you know the sex/gender of a person? Don’t be too sure.
And actually, it’s not important to be absolutely certain.
One option is to ask what pronoun the person prefers (he, she, both or none – or something completely different). Or you could just avoid gender-specific terms altogether and use the person’s name instead.
Respect self-identification! Take a person seriously, even if you don’t understand everything.
Just like other categories that produce hierarchies, sex/gender is constructed and not natural.
By the way: trans* doesn’t say anything about desire. trans* can desire all kinds of people – or none. trans* don’t spend all their waking hours at queer parties, either. Don’t be surprised if you run into some at an antifascist demonstration or at a convention. And as far as race, economic status, educational background, and general skills are concerned, trans* are positioned as individually as everyone else.

__Out?

You know that someone is trans* – do you also know whether this information is confidential?
Some people are openly trans* – to others, their gender history is a very private thing. It often depends on the situation, e.g. whether it feels safe to be “out”. Many don’t find it okay if, for instance, their old name is mentioned.
So simply give the person the space to decide who’s to know what.

__Questions..

It’s okay if you want to know something – but it can be annoying, when people assume that trans* people are always there to explain everything to them.
Also: trans*people have a sphere of privacy, too. Is the conversation really so intimate that you can ask about genitalia, hormones, family, etc.?

__Lookism

It’s okay to find someone beautiful/sexy/etc., but be careful when judging bodies. It’s possible that someone feels scanned and pinned down. So stay respectful and don’t treat others as exotic objects.
And – as always: if you are attracted to someone, don’t act on the assumption that the attraction is mutual: ask! And please pay attention to non-verbal communication.

__Solidarity!

It’d be great if you’d consider raising your voice if you witness transphobic behaviour, or even take action.

Honestly:
Don’t just ignore transphobic behaviour! If you notice something, support the person concerned. It might be helpful to, for example, simply correct a wrong pronoun.
As all others forms of oppression, transphobia was taught to all of us. To get rid of it is a process and a responsibility.

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People, whose lived sex/gender is not an outcome of the sex/gender given to them at birth, label themselves as transgender. These can be pre-, post-, and non-operated cross-dressers, transidents, drag kings & drag queens, androgynous and all other people who transgress the social sex/gender barriers. Some transpeople change their names and/or take hormones to develop secondary sexual characteristics matching their chosen sex/gender. Some also have surgery in order to change their bodies in various ways (e.g. breast implants). For some, it’s not about the trans*; they just are what they are, for example man or woman.

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