Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How to Talk to a Tranny

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Before transgender inmate Duanna Johnson was beaten by a former Memphis Police officer inside the Shelby County Correction Center, she claims her aggressor referred to her as "he/she" and "faggot" before plunging his fist into her face.

While such slurs are obviously inappropriate, other terms commonly used to describe transgender men and women fall into a gray area.

Is it okay to call someone a transvestite? What about a "tranny"? How do you determine a transgender person's preferred pronoun without being offensive?

To read Bianca Phillips' report on what not to say to a transgender person, click here.

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