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15 Things You Really Shouldn't Say To Trans People

"Did you transition because you thought you were an ugly girl?"

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To highlight the onslaught of microaggressions trans people experience on a daily basis, photographer Shane Henise teamed up with GLAAD for this powerful photo project.

It was launched today as part of Transgender Awareness Week, which will culminate with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.

1.

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen; trans man; he/him, advocate and social justice fundraiser
Shane Henise

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen; trans man; he/him, advocate and social justice fundraiser

2.

Zoey Luna; trans teenager; she/her; student and advocate
Shane Henise

Zoey Luna; trans teenager; she/her; student and advocate

3.

("I can't give you a job – you would confuse people.")Drian Juarez; trans human; she/her/they/them; activist, program manager, and educator
Shane Henise

("I can't give you a job – you would confuse people.")

Drian Juarez; trans human; she/her/they/them; activist, program manager, and educator

4.

Tyler Ford; agender/queer; they/them; writer and speaker
Shane Henise

Tyler Ford; agender/queer; they/them; writer and speaker

5.

Michelle Enfield; Nadleeh/feminine; she/her; activist and advocate (Nadleeh is a Navajo word)
Shane Henise

Michelle Enfield; Nadleeh/feminine; she/her; activist and advocate (Nadleeh is a Navajo word)

6.

Cherno Biko; Black trans woman; she/they; artivist
Shane Henise

Cherno Biko; Black trans woman; she/they; artivist

7.

Maya Jafer; trans woman; she/her; actress, advocate, and holistic doctor
Shane Henise

Maya Jafer; trans woman; she/her; actress, advocate, and holistic doctor

8.

Seven King; trans male; he/him; writer, director, producer
Shane Henise

Seven King; trans male; he/him; writer, director, producer

9.

Peche Di; transgender; she/her; pansexual; founder and CEO of Trans Models
Shane Henise

Peche Di; transgender; she/her; pansexual; founder and CEO of Trans Models

10.

Tiq Milan; transman; he/him; writer, advocate, co-founder of MMaps (Milan Media Arts and Production)
Shane Henise

Tiq Milan; transman; he/him; writer, advocate, co-founder of MMaps (Milan Media Arts and Production)

11.

Cecilia Gentili; transgender gender non-conforming person; any pronoun; activist, trans health program coordinator, and contributor for Trans Bodies Trans Selves
Shane Henise

Cecilia Gentili; transgender gender non-conforming person; any pronoun; activist, trans health program coordinator, and contributor for Trans Bodies Trans Selves

12.

D'Lo; trans; he/him; actor, writer, and comedian
Shane Henise

D'Lo; trans; he/him; actor, writer, and comedian

13.

Jacob Tobia; genderqueer; they/them; writer, performer, and part-time fashion icon
Shane Henise

Jacob Tobia; genderqueer; they/them; writer, performer, and part-time fashion icon

14.

Kita Updike; woman; she/her; model
Shane Henise

Kita Updike; woman; she/her; model

15.

Shane Henise; trans man; He/Him; researcher, advocate, speaker
Shane Henise

Shane Henise; trans man; He/Him; researcher, advocate, speaker

Nick Adams, GLAAD's Director of Transgender Media Programs, outlined the organization's goals for partnering with Henise on the project, which appears on GLAAD's web site. "We hope that people will see that these types of statements, even when well-intentioned, cause real harm to trans people - and to think about how trans people feel when they hear them over and over again. It's the next step in learning to be a good ally to trans people."

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