Deadnaming

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    Twitter has removed a policy that prohibited misgendering or deadnaming of transgender people on the social media platform.

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    • Twitter also announced that it will only put warning labels on some tweets that might violate its rules against hateful conduct. Earlier, the tweets were removed from the platform.

    Deadnaming

    • A deadname is essentially the name that a trans, non-binary, and/or gender-expansive person was called before they adopted a more self-affirming name.
    •  The act of, intentionally or not, calling a trans, non-binary, and/or gender-expansive person by the deadname is known as deadnaming, which can lead to adverse consequences.
    • In the 2010s, transgender activists popularized the term deadname.

    Why is it harmful?

    • Deadnaming is harmful because refusing to use a person’s chosen name or pronouns is a form of transphobia or cissexism.
    • Cissexism can contribute to mental health conditions, such as depression and suicidality. It can also lead to physical and verbal assault and abuse.
    • It may reveal information about the sex assigned to them at birth that the person concerned may not want anyone to know — this might result in the person being harassed, discriminated against or assaulted.

    Source:IE