Five things to never ask a transgender person

With gender politics and trans rights becoming such a big talking point across society, people are naturally becoming more interested in the trans community. However, while the majority of interest is harmless and innocent, some of the questions that transgender people often get asked are rude, intrusive and, quite honestly, none of your business.

Founded by Carmen Liu and featuring products ranging from cosmetics, to lingerie tape, and even the world’s first lingerie line designed for transgender women, GI Collection is a revolutionary brand that aims to change the way society views transgender people. Today, they’re revealing five things you should NEVER ask a transgender person!

1. What have you got down there?’ 

Seriously? Put it this way, would you walk up to a man in a bar and ask what he’s got in his jeans? No. You wouldn’t. Not only is this question rude, but also, it’s something that you don’t need to know and is completely inappropriate to ask someone.


2. ‘What is your birth name?’ 

Again, why does this matter? For a lot of transgender people, this is not something they want to disclose, as it’s not reflective of who they are today. Take them for the person they are in front of you and stop asking them about their past.


3. ‘When did you decide you were trans?’ 

This question may sound innocuous, but it’s also incredibly patronising. For a lot of trans people, it was never a choice. They didn’t just wake up one day and decide to be a woman; it’s how they were born. While they may exude confidence now, for a long time their true identity was something that they suffered with and were scared to share with the world.


4. ‘Are you gay or straight?’

Would you ask this to someone that wasn’t trans in a general social situation? If the answer to that is no (which it should be) then don’t ask it to a transgender person. What does their sexuality have to do with you?


5. ‘What surgery have you had?’ 

Even if someone has actually had surgery, this question implies that a part of that person is fake; something that can be interpreted as extremely insulting. This is a personal question and it’s a subject that many transgender people would not feel comfortable disclosing. Like many of these questions, these are only topics that should be brought up by the trans person when and if they’re comfortable with it!

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