I like graphic design

11 Mar

In the last five minutes of clearing out my Google Reader, I have actually forgotten where I got linked to this, but this is a cool poster from what appears to be the UC Davis LGBT resource center.

It’s kind of huge, so I put it under a cut (with a link to the source, and an image description). But it’s a poster talking about transphobic language and explaining why it’s transphobic, and I just like the idea of this sitting around and people getting exposed to the topic without having to bother a trans person or maybe before they even meet or realize they’ve met a trans person.


From Clinton Andor’s Portfolio on Tumblr. Image links to the large image, words link to the Tumblr post.

[Image description: A white poster with red and black text. In the background of the poster there is a gray gender symbol with a disembodied red mouth in the center, which text balloons illustrating different examples of transphobic language are connected to.

At the top of the poster it says: “Words that are transphobic and why.” Underneath that it says: “Transphobia: the fear or hatred of transgender people or people who are perceived as not meeting society’s expectations around gender roles, identities, and presentations. Transphobia is closely linked with homophobia and biphobia.”

There are seven word bubbles. 1) “You’re such a Tranny,” is the title text, written in red. Underneath that in black it says, “Whether or not someone identifies as Trans, calling them a “Tranny” can be extremely offensive. This may be a term that people within the community use and reclaim for themselves, but it should not be used as a joke or without consent.

2) “That person doesn’t really look like a man/woman,” is the red title text. The body text says, “What does it mean to look like a man or woman? There are no set criteria. It should also not be assumed that all Trans men strive to be masculine or that all Trans women want to be feminine, or that all Trans people want to look like men or women. Gender presentation is fluid and distinct from gender identity, and all forms of gender expression deserve affirmation.”

3) “Why would you transition if you’re going to be gay?” is the title text. The body text says, “Gender identity and sexual orientation are two separate aspects of one’s identity. This question demonstrates how heterosexuality is more valued in our society, and reinforces homophobia and heterosexism.

4) “What is your REAL name? I mean the one you were given at birth,” is the title text. The body text says, “This implies the person’s gender identity and chosen name are not “real” and perpetuates the idea of Trans people as deceptive. It removes agency and any right to make decisions for themselves, and is incredibly invalidating. It presumes a right to intimate information, disregards privacy, and places Trans lives on public display.”

5) “Using the wrong pronouns or making assumptions about others’ gender identities,” is the title text. The body text says, “It is vital that we respect the names and pronouns that people prefer. It is impossible to know without asking. If you are not sure, ask: “What are your preferred pronouns?””

6) “Asking others about Transperson’s identity, or offering information about someone,” is the title text. The body text says, “Asking someone about another person’s identity is inappropriate. Ask yourself why you want to know. If you are concerned about using the person’s preferred pronouns, ask them directly.”

7) “What are you REALLY? Have you had surgery? If not then you’re not really a [blank space],” is the title text. The body text says, “Asking anyone personal questions about their bodies and/or surgeries is invasive and inappropriate. We don’t ask non-Trans people what is under their clothes; we shouldn’t ask Trans people either.”

There is also a phrase not in a word bubble that says, “Calling someone “it” or “He-She” is demeaning and does not validate their identity or respect them as a person.”

In the bottom right corner is what I think must be the logo of the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center. It is a triangle broken up into three scalene triangles with obtuse angles, and an equilateral triangle in the middle. The three scalene triangles say “Unity,” “Respect,” and “Pride.” Next to the logo it says: “For more information contact the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center,” and “lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu” and “phone: 530.752.2452.”]

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2 Responses to “I like graphic design”

  1. maddox March 11, 2011 at 7:46 PM #

    Props to UC Davis LGBT center for having this – at my “top LGBT friendly college” I was rarely exposed to anything trans related.

    On further analysis, I experienced more transphobia when I was a kid than now…. I guess kids tend to be less PC about things.

    • ace eccentric March 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM #

      I’m trying to remember if I ever saw anything more than some posters for the LGBT club. I do remember seeing a Lamda Alliance-supported drag show. Definitely nothing trans out on the general campus.

      It’d be nice to think that over the coming years things will change enough to alleviate some of that… at all ages.

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