So.

Time for something a little different, and an idea I’ve been toying with—a look at how #transphobes try to frame their narrative within a claim that they are only “concerned” about trans people existing.

I think it’s safe to say that every trans person in the...

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community who isn’t a #transphobic arserag can now spot whenever the usual #hate groups and individuals deploy their dog-whistles to denigrate trans people, especially trans women, but it is all too easy to forget that for the average cis person with no experience of...

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this the comments and phrases that #transphobes come out with can come across as bizarre, or non-sequiturs, or even occasionally even reasonable. That person, because they have no experience of this, doesn’t see those comments as the attacks they are, and so can’t...

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understand why the trans community reacts the way it does to them.

So, for all those #cis people who do want to get involved in helping trans people, and understanding the issues involved; a brief (for me), and very much not-exhaustive, #guide to #transphobic...

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dog-whistles and narrative devices.

Constant allusions to trans people having mental health problems: This is pretty much the standard fall back position for any #transphobe. And they’ll try to justify their positions in any one of a dozen different ways, but...

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what they’re really doing is trying to play on already existing prejudices that people with actual mental health problems experience all the time. The whole point about #transphobes trying to paint to paint #trans people as being deluded, or narcissistic, or having...

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personality disorders, or any one of the hundreds of other slurs they love to throw around. is because #transphobes are trying to paint #trans people as being either incapable, or too untrustworthy, to be allowed to make decisions about themselves, and that any...

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decision that a #trans person makes, or any statement they make to defend themselves, or even simple statements about the facts of their own existence, cannot and indeed, must not, be trusted. After all, #transphobes want you to believe that #trans people are all...

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fucked in the head, and #transphobes always love to fall back on the underlying argument of, “How can you believe a nutter?” (and make no mistake, that’s the least worst way that #transphobes refer to #trans people when they think that the outside world isn’t looking.)

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But it goes even deeper than that. #Transphobes aren’t just throwing these slurs around to denigrate #trans people. There’s an end goal in sight, one we’re seeing played out by Trump, to the rapturous applause and orgasmic screams of joy of UK T*RFs. See, T*RFs and...

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other assorted #transphobic #facistic #nastiness, are trying to get the concept of #trans people being too far gone, too incapable of being able to function, embedded in the mind of politicians so that they can then step up to the policy makers and...

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say, “Look, those ‘trans’ people. Not really trans, because there’s no such thing as ‘trans’. They’re all just psychotic, and far too dangerous to themselves and others to ever be allowed to define who they are, or decide how they wish to live or be recognised. They...

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can’t be trusted, and they can’t be trusted with autonomy, so you make the decisions for them. Force on them the identity you’ve decided they should have, regardless of what the individual wants, and sure as hell don’t give them any special rights. After all, they’re all...

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fucked in the head and so shouldn’t be coddled. And if they refuse to conform to you telling them what they are, well, there’s always locked wards you can put them into.”

Because the end-goal of T*RFs and other #hate #groups is to legislate trans people out of...

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existence. And that’s not an exaggeration. T*RFs do not want the law to recognise that trans people exist. If you don’t believe me, have a look around at their arguments, especially the arguments of UK T*RFs. Count the number of times they try to argue that the Gender...

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Recognition Act should be repealed because trans people have all the rights that cisgender people have, and that the GRA only gives trans people special rights (and then consider how this is exactly the same argument that #homophobic #hate #groups, especially...

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evangelical fundamentalist Christian hate-groups, used to argue against same-sex marriage, that gay people had exactly the same rights as straight people to marry a person of the opposite gender. Uh-huh, that’s no coincidence). Consider the number of times UK T*RFs, and...

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their foreign backers, argue that trans people should be stripped of their protected characteristic of gender reassignment, and therefore recognition of our existence, under the Equality Act.

Then there’s their continuous use of the word ‘narcissistic’ that...

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#transphobes love to use when talking about #trans #people, #trans #women especially. See, like all supremacists, T*RFs loathe it when their victims speak up for themselves and appeal to the wider world for help. It’s exactly the same reaction we see with racists...

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all the time. We only have to look at recent history around the events that led to the civil rights movement in the US, and the events that led up to the creation of the Race Relations Act in the UK to see that the ‘phobes of the day loathed BaME people, especially...

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black people, standing up for themselves, appealing to the larger audience for basic respect, dignity and recognition. They even had a whole slew of words for black people who did that, starting with ‘uppity’ and getting worse from there until, eventually, if a black...

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person got too loud, got too much support, somebody, somewhere, emboldened by the words of the ‘phobes, would try, and often succeed, at killing them. And the current crop of ‘phobe is absolutely no different. They’ve even turned ‘round and called trans people who...

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speak up for themselves ‘uppity’ right up until the point they tried that shit with the black trans community and got very publically got chewed a new hole for racist arrogance. And so since then, because they haven’t been able to use the word ‘uppity’ or a whole host...

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of other words because of their history of use, they’ve had to fall back on ‘narcissistic’ to describe trans people who speak up.

You’re a trans person speaking to other trans people in the community? You’re a narcissist, because you’ve dared have a conversation...

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that doesn’t meet the approval of T*RFs.

You’re a trans person who’s speaking about aspects of your own personal journey? You’re a narcissist, because you’ve dared to let 99% of the population know what it’s like to be part of the marginalized and silenced 1%.

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You’re a trans person who talks about how transitioning has made you feel so much better about yourself? You’re a narcissist because T*RFs want the world to believe that trans people who transition all kill themselves, or are completely miserable having transitioned, and...

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your personal story has shown them up for the liars they are. How dare you?

You’re a trans person who points out the tactics that T*RFs use to silence, bully, and attack trans people? You’re a narcissist, for no other reason than you stood up for yourself.

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You’re a trans person who stood up for themselves and others? You’re just a narcissist who’s in it for applause and plaudits. How dare you speak for yourself when you should be silent like a good little pet? How dare you embarrass T*RFs in public like that?

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You’re a trans person who refuses to be bullied or intimidated, and especially refuse to be bullied and intimidated out of social situations, and being out and about? You’re a narcissist, because you have the temerity to live your life without the permission and control of T*RFs.
You’re a trans person who’s reasonably good with words and at writing? You’re a narcissist, because how dare a trans person express themselves in a way that catches the ear of, and gains the sympathy of, the public.

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You’re a trans person who refuses to allow T*RFs be a part of your life? You’re a narcissist because you won’t let an abuser in, because you won’t let an abuser free reign to abuse you.

That’s why you see T*RFs loving to through around the word ‘narcissist’ to...

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describe trans people. Because we exist, without their permission, and because we talk, without their permission, and we talk about things that T*RFs desperately don’t want us talking about, and we talk to people that T*RFs don’t want us talking to, and we gain the...

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sympathy and understanding of people that T*RFs don’t want us associating with. And, of course, it’s just the standard pattern of abuse. Anybody who knows anything about abusive relationships and coercive control can immediately see the patterns here. T*RFs try...

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desperately to isolate their victims from support, both from within the trans community, but also from outside their community. And if T*RFs can’t do that, then they try to denigrate the words that trans people speak-”Oh, don’t listen to her. She’s deluded. She doesn’t...

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know what she’s saying. She made me do it, after all, if she’d just shut up I wouldn’t have had to abuse them and try to control them.”

And that’s just a sample of the way that T*RFs use language associated with mental health problems to try and denigrate and slur...

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trans people who, in the T*RFs eyes, have the temerity to stand up and say, ‘No, T*RFs are wrong in everything they say about trans people, and here’s why’.

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Next up: Safeguarding Concerns.

T*RFs love themselves some false bloviating around “safeguarding concerns”. But how did they get here? Well, a few months ago a whole bunch of them came out with the attack line that trans people, trans women especially...

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were all deviants, perverts, and paedophiles ]. And it backfired on them spectacularly, because the #LGBTQ+ community has been facing that particularly smear for decades, and society simply doesn’t believe it. And hoo-boy, didn’t the T*RFs...

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utterly loathe the pointing-and-laughing that went on when they tried this particular line of bullshit.

So now they dress it up with the words, “safeguarding concerns”. If you ever see a T*RF use the term safeguarding concerns press them on what they exactly mean...

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by that. It takes less than a gnat’s breath of pressure for the fig-leaf cover of “safeguarding concerns” to be blown away to reveal the very ugly truth underneath. Every time they’re pressed on this it becomes immediately apparent that T*RFs want you to believe that...

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trans women and trans girls are sexual predators who only want access to women and children to attack them. Look a the number of times that T*RFs throw around terms like ‘sexual predator’ when talking about trans women and trans girls. Look at how they reacted to...

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Girl Guiding. Every line they had on that always boiled down to the same point, “you can’t trust trans women and trans girls, because they’re just in it for the access to young girls.”

Oh, and they loathe it when trans people drag this particular truth into the...

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light of day. They always try the same line of attack-”But men. . .”

Trans women aren’t men. #Trans #women are #women. Trans girls aren’t boys, #trans #girls are #girls. Non-binary people aren’t who you demand that they be, they are who they say they are,

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and are valid in their identity. Any argument that T*RFs bring up about trans women, trans girls, and NB people that contains the words, “but men…” or “but males” is just another bullshit line of attack that they desperately want to society to believe—that...

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trans women, trans girls, and NB people are somehow inherently dangerous and can’t be trusted, even though T*RFs own highly dubious figures on this show that trans women commit serious sexual offences at rates lower than cis women.

And as anybody who is anybody...

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who knows anything about the civil rights movement, this is a well worn line of attack. Racists also try this line of attack, especially during the fight for civil rights. It’s the go-to line of attack for racists, to paint black men as being sexual predators...

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only interested in going after white women, and black women sexually promiscuous, trying to trap good ol’ white boys into marriage via pregnancy. Watch how T*RFs and other #facisistic #transphobes refer to trans people in exactly the same terms. Trans people...

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are sexual predators, they always try to lure unsuspecting, innocent (read ‘white’) people into having sex with them, or just attack them. Everytime you see a T*RF bring up “safeguarding concerns”, but brush off the actual real safeguarding concerns around trans women...

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and girls being forced to share intimate spaces with men as being “a male problem”, this is exactly the dog-whistle they’re blowing.

“Trans children can’t know what they’re doing, they must be being pushed into it by their parents”. T*RFs love this one as well. But...

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then they would. Most T*RFs love to shout to the world just how ‘liberal’ they are, or how ‘left-wing’, and yet without a second’s thought immediately advocate that children have no rights and no autonomy in this area, that they are “owned” by their...

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parents; possessions, nothing more. And again, as with the attacks trying to paint trans adults as lacking the autonomy to make decisions for themselves and to have those decisions recognised and respected, this is exactly the same thing. The whole point of this line...

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of attack is to try and get the State to strip trans children of all autonomous rights to self-identification, social recognition, and access to treatment. After all, as far as T*RFs are concerned, if you can nip off the flow of trans children appearing in society when...

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they’re still young, then you’ll end up with the T*RFs vision of utopia—no trans adults.

“Trans men are just bullied butch lesbians”. Again, just your standard, everyday, T*RF attack on the autonomy and ability of trans people to make their own decisions, to...

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self-identify, to have social recognition, and to have access to treatment. Yet again another attempt to paint individuals as too far gone to be allowed to make decisions for themselves and so their right to do so must be taken from them...

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and given to the only people T*RFs think can be trusted- themselves.

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