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Transphobia is defined above as the “fear or hatred of transgender people or people who are perceived as not meeting society’s expectations around gender roles, identities and presentations. Transphobia is closely linked with homophobia and biphobia”.
I believe that human beings have the right to not be discriminated against on the grounds of age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual preference, creed, ethnicity, political affiliation or any other basis.
I first experienced an additional awareness of the challenges facing transgender people towards the end of last year. I discovered that transwomen were not allowed to take part in the Reclaim the Night women’s march in London. On account of them being born men, the feminists claimed that they were by nature privileged who were by nature in a position of power over women.
It was then that I learned the definition of the term cissexism which is "the belief that transsexuals' identified genders are inferior to, or less authentic than, those of cissexuals" [source: Julia Serrano quoted in Wikipedia].
I don’t claim to understand all of the issues facing transgendered people today but I do believe that cissexism is harmful, unnecessary and above all dangerous.
The poster above was designed by Clinton Andor, a graphic design intern at the UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center. You can see his original post here [source]. I discovered it at the blog of Jussie Hay.