Internalized Transphobia

Internalized Transphobia

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Internalized transphobia is when a trans person internalizes transphobic ideas. This means they believe things that are transphobic to be true. This happens with lots of ideas, not just transphobia. Our cultures are constantly sending us messages about everything, many of which are toxic. Internalized transphobia can make it hard to make the right decisions in one’s transition, to connect with other trans people, and leave one susceptible to TERF rhetoric.

e.g. Chelsea had to talk to his friend Gwen because she had been spouting a lot of internalized transphobia in her recent social media postings.

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