cissexism

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Silent T

Sarah challenges cis lesbian, gay and bisexual people to look at how they treat trans people, and to see the parallels that exist in LGB and T communities and the oppressions we face ...

Breaking the cis filter

When I was younger, I thought I was the 'opposite' binary gender to my assigned one and expressed myself accordingly. I was asked if I wanted to transition (in their words "have a sex change" when I was older. I replied no. Scornfully. Why would I do that? How would that even work? Such was the cis filter on my life that to me, at the age of thirteen with a lot of gender-related Feelings, trans people were the crossdresser in the charity shop in town and the 'tranny' comments people made when they saw me. I had no idea that these genitals did not make me my assigned gender, that there was a possibility of not being my assigned gender, that there was a whole world outside the binary....
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Journey

A relatively short time ago, I decided to stop bothering 'presenting' as any gender because it was too much hard work. It was soon after that that I learned about feminism and anti-kyriarchism and became socially aware, noticing the biases rampant in the world around me. Feminism felt like a sphere that felt right, especially since dialogues about intersectionality are taking place. After that, it wasn't long before I found out that being outside of the gender binary of man/woman was possible. ...