This doesn’t need to be a long post. The title says it all. “Transgendered” is not a word. For some reason, though, people use it all the time. I’m sick of it, so let me make this crystal clear.
The adjective is “transgender” or “trans” for short.
Examples of usage:
She is transgender.
Zi is trans.
The transgender community includes many diverse identities, all of which might be considered trans.
There has never been a reported case of transgender people using bathrooms for devious purposes.
Being trans is not a condition. It’s not something that has happened to a person. It is who a person is.
“Transgender” is not a verb. Thus, a person can not transgender, nor can a person be transgendered. (A person can transition, and a person can have transitioned.)
For some reason when I hear people say “transgendered,” it sounds like “mutated” or “disfigured.” It makes it sound like trans people aren’t real people. It’s grammatically incorrect and belies an understanding and respect for trans people and their identities.
Is this semantics? Yes.
Is it important? Yes.
Is continued use of “transgendered” offensive? Yes.
I want to also point out that my argument is in agreement with both the GLAAD Media Reference Guide and the NLGJA Stylebook on LGBT Terminology. Please consult these free resources if you have further questions about LGBT terminology.
Thank you for your time.