From The Radical Copyeditor: Style Guide on Writing About Transgender People

I’m passing along this important resource from Alex Kapitan the Radical Copyeditor:

“The purpose of this guide is to help people of all gender identities and experiences practice more care toward those on the margins.

Trans people must be understood as the authorities on ourselves and the language used to describe us. Not only does this mean that cisgender (non-trans) people need to practice humility and care toward trans people, but it also means that trans people—particularly those with educational, financial, and/or racial privilege—need to practice humility and care toward other trans people—particularly those who are folks of color, low-income, less educated, and/or elders.”

–Alex Kapitan

Visit the Radical Copyeditor blog to access the style guide: The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People.

Since the original posting, Alex has made updates to the guide as it relates to respecting singular they as a personal pronoun, and language about bodies and anatomy.


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