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.
- 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.