Resources for Healthcare Professionals
If you encounter a trans patient in your career, it is important to make them feel accepted, safe, and understood. Trans people commonly experience sub-standard and traumatising interactions with healthcare professionals, and the only way to end this trend is through education and empathy.
For a broad overview, and basic definitions, see this page:
The Word "Trans"
How To Use This Term
The most important thing to remember about the term “transgender” is that it is an adjective, not a noun or a verb. Here are some examples of correct, and incorrect, uses of the term.
CORRECT: He is a transgender man.
INCORRECT: He is transgendered.
CORRECT: He is a trans man.
INCORRECT: He is a transman.
CORRECT: Those people are transgender.
INCORRECT: They are transgenders.
Transgender people are not some other species that would necessitate phraseology like “transgenders”, and being transgender is not an event that happens to a person, as implied by “transgendered”. Trans men are men, first and foremost, with “trans” just functioning as an extra descriptor; it is preferred by many modern transgender people that a space be kept between “trans” and “man” (or “person” or “woman”). Much in the same way that a cis man is still a man, a trans man is still a man too.
There are variations in preference the world over, and some older communities don’t really care about terms like “transgendered” or “transgenders”. Language evolves. However, from a modern Western point of view, these words are linguistically incorrect, and should not be used unless a person indicates that they speak this way.
Videos About Trans Patients and Doctors