I’m very lucky that being trans has not had any catastrophic effects on my life. Very lucky. However, I still deal with frequent microaggressions because I’m trans. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the stupid shit people say/do to trans people and what to do instead.
1. The Microaggression:
My family (mostly my mom) likes to tell me I’m pretty. Specifically, that I’ll never be “mistaken” for a man because “I’m too pretty.” First of all, this is ridiculous. Here’s a reminder of what I look like:
Second of all, THIS IS NOT A COMPLIMENT. Telling someone that they will never be perceived as their true gender because of their face is MESSED UP.