Sure. I welcome open discussion. However, you’re not engaging in open discussion when you put words in my mouth or purposely misconstrue what I am saying.

Between social media, organizations I’m involved with, and events I’ve been to, I’ve easily met hundreds of trans men and trans masculine people. Most of them, like most transgender people in general, would agree with the idea of cis privilege. They don’t need to know you for that. If you aren’t cisgender then what are you? If you are not transgender, then you are the opposite of transgender. Want to guess what word means “opposite of transgender?” If you said cisgender, you guessed right. Cis is Latin for “on the same side as.” Trans is Latin for across. In other words, someone with the gender that matches the sex assigned at birth is cisgender. Someone who has a different gender than the sex assigned at birth is transgender. In my experience, only people who have a problem with the word cisgender are those that think transgender people aren’t real or those who discount transgender identities to the point that they think the only word for the opposite of transgender is “normal.” If you don’t fall into one of those categories, what is your reason for denying being cisgender. Or are you also transgender and I’ve misunderstood you all this time? In the interest of reasonable discussion, please note that I did not presume anything about you. I gave the most common scenarios but left it up to you to define yourself.

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