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Gender Grammar

Gender Grammer

Problem: “transgendered” (adjective)
Correction: transgender
Reason: Only adjectives that are derived from nouns and/or verbs (unlike transgender) end in “ed”.

Problem: “intersexed”
Correction: intersex
Reason: Only adjectives that are derived from nouns and/or verbs (unlike intersex) end in “ed.”

Problem: “transgendered” (verb)
Correction: transition
Reason: only verbs can have “ed” added onto the end of the word to become a participle. Transgender is an adjective, not a verb. One does not “transgender,” they transition.

Problem: “a transgender,” “transgenders”
Correction: a transgender person, transgender people
Reason: Transgender is not a noun. “Jake is transgender” is not only grammatically incorrect, but can be offensive.

Problem: “sex change,” “sex reassignment surgery,” “gender assignment surgery”
Correction: gender confirmation surgery, genital reconstruction surgery, genital reassignment surgery
Reason: Surgery does not change one’s sex or gender, only genitalia

Source: Trans Student Equality Resources