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Is it trans or transgender? Here’s a handy guide on getting language right

Is it trans or transgender? Here’s a handy guide on getting language right

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A handy language guide about trans and gender diverse (TGV) people has been released to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.

ACON – one of Australia’s leading HIV and LGBTI health organizations – released the guide, which aims to help people use more inclusive language for TGV communities.

The easy-to-share guide explains key terms and offers examples of preferred language. The examples can help build safer, more inclusive environments for TGD communities.

It was developed by trans staff members at ACON and while it’s based on inclusive language preferred in Australian TGV communities, is a good start for everyone.

acon's trans and gender diverse language guide

All round help

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the resource provides support to TGD communities. But it could also help to increase knowledge and understanding of service providers and employers.

‘Trans and gender diverse communities are disproportionately affected by prejudice, motivated discrimination and violence,’ Parkhill said.

‘We also know that the health and wellbeing outcomes of people with trans and gender experiences are directly related to transphobic stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse, including when incorrect language is used, often unknowingly.

‘We know that many organisations in Australia want to get inclusion right for their trans and gen der diverse staff, clients and service participants and this guide will support them in this important effort.’

Transgender Awareness Week builds visibility and awareness of TGD communities. It takes place the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on 20 November.

TDoR is set aside to remember and honour all trans and gender diverse people whose lives have been taken by transphobic violence.

You can download the guide here.