Well-known actor Elliot Page comes out as transgender this week via Instagram. Or trans, as you prefer to say it. And as they say colloquially … “and the Bethlehem was armed.”
Because some experts in LGTB issues criticized certain informational treatments by some media. For example, some headlines began with ‘actress Ellen Page …«. There was also a lot of confusion with Elliot’s claim, in which he said that their pronouns were “he / they”.
If you’ve already gotten lost, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Trans and queer realities are relatively new, and its codes are constantly reviewed and updated. Let’s say it’s something we’re all learning on the fly, and confusion is normal.
But do not worry, I will give you a summary so that everything is very clear.
For starters, Elliot Page’s open-hearted letter, in which he declares himself transgender.
What is the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation
The first thing is to start with something basic, but that generates a lot of confusion:
Gender identity: it’s how you feel. Male, female, neither or both.
Sexual orientation: Determined by whether you have a sexual desire for people of the other gender, the same gender, or both genders.
biological sex: is determined by our chromosomes, hormones, and internal and external genitalia.
As you may have guessed, one may differ from the others, or all match all of them.
What is the difference between transsexual and transgender
Transgender person: people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned to them at birth. The case of Elliot Page, who was assigned the female sex at birth (and his parents called him “Ellen”), but his gender identity is actually male.
Person Transexual: Person whose gender identity does not match the sex assigned at birth, and acquires the physical characteristics of the desired body.
What does non-binary person or cisgender person mean
Non-binary person: Gender identity falls outside the two main categories of male or female. Non-binary people can identify as both male and female, as neither or as a gender in between.
Cisgender personCisgender men or women are those whose gender identity matches their sexual phenotype. The difference between a cisgender person and a transgender person is that trans people do not identify with the gender assigned to them at the time of their birth, and cis do (that is, the majority of society is “cisgender”).
Elliot Page is transgender and her pronouns are “he”, “they”… (“they”, “elle” and “elles”)… what ??
Part of the confusion with Elliot’s chapter was because of this phrase: “my pronoums are he/they”. Easy, albeit incorrect, translation in Spanish: “my pronouns are he / they”. Most non-binary English-speaking people request that the pronoun “they” be used for them, which is not translated into the plural in their language, but into the singular and neuter.
Clear example: In the movie “Last Jedi”, when talking about that last Jedi without knowing if it is a “he” or a “she”, an English speaker would say “they”. Example: “they’ll be discovered in the next film”.
I have been very much an English teacher, but I hope it helps to clarify doubts. It is strange when translating it, because the closest thing we have in use in Spanish would be a “she / they”.
If you want to know even more about the new terms and how to use them well, here are two posts that I wrote a while ago: Dictionary of Sexuality V1 and V2.
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Elliot Page comes out as transgender
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