Paper Title

Cissexism, Transmisogyny, and the Marginalization of Nonbinary Gender Identities in the LGBT Community

Location

Room 221, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

Keywords

cissexism, cisgender, transgender, transexual, transmisogyny, nonbinary, gender, marginalization, erasure

Abstract

Despite the attention that many Transgender individuals have been getting from mainstream society, the overwhelming problem has been that all of them are transitioning from one binary gender to “the other.” Very few people inside of the LGBT community know about Nonbinary genders, and so there is very little acceptance or support. Even in the LGBT community, there is a lot of cissexism present in the way that we identify sexualities and that we validate Transgender people based on how well they can “pass” or not, which is difficult for the Nonbinary individual who has no standard to “pass” as. This paper will draw on information about personal experiences collected through polls circulated among high school and college age students, and will see if there is an improvement of acceptance as individuals enter the college atmosphere. These polls will also be circulated among a section of LGBT members who came out in the 80s and early 2000s, and will attempt to draw conclusions on whether or not we are making improvements in this area. Finally, the paper will attempt to give ideas on how we can move forward and consolidate the positive momentum in the mainstream arena in order to help our more marginalized groups as well.

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Apr 2nd, 10:30 AM Apr 2nd, 11:45 AM

Cissexism, Transmisogyny, and the Marginalization of Nonbinary Gender Identities in the LGBT Community

Room 221, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Despite the attention that many Transgender individuals have been getting from mainstream society, the overwhelming problem has been that all of them are transitioning from one binary gender to “the other.” Very few people inside of the LGBT community know about Nonbinary genders, and so there is very little acceptance or support. Even in the LGBT community, there is a lot of cissexism present in the way that we identify sexualities and that we validate Transgender people based on how well they can “pass” or not, which is difficult for the Nonbinary individual who has no standard to “pass” as. This paper will draw on information about personal experiences collected through polls circulated among high school and college age students, and will see if there is an improvement of acceptance as individuals enter the college atmosphere. These polls will also be circulated among a section of LGBT members who came out in the 80s and early 2000s, and will attempt to draw conclusions on whether or not we are making improvements in this area. Finally, the paper will attempt to give ideas on how we can move forward and consolidate the positive momentum in the mainstream arena in order to help our more marginalized groups as well.