Transition is the ultimate goal for many trans individuals. It is their path toward a better life of self-fulfillment. But transition comes with a risk. Transphobia, which is term used to describe intentional discrimination and violence against trans people, is the steepest risk we know. It can come in many forms, from simple misgendering to murder. As society and the law continue to adapt to the ever growing visibility of trans* people, it is becoming all the more necessary to address transphobia and the many viscious results that come of it.
The episode begins by looking at the basic definition of transphobia. The term itself is fairly new, but it relates to other concepts rooted in bigotry. We then look at how it appears in the real world, including a number of slurs used against trans individuals. We as the question how transphobia is becoming more prevalent. Why does it seem more extreme now than it did in the past? Visibility is a key component. But there is more behind its existence. As we talk about transphobia, we also talk about how we can and are fighting back. One thing is certain: the trans community alone cannot combat transphobia. We need allies and the law on our side. The tide may be turning that way, but it will not happen without a long and brutal fight.
Trigger warning: This podcast contains discussions of transphobia, slurs, violence and suicide.
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