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The power and importance of language

The Editor,

I am writing in response to the piece written in the May 3 edition of The Low Down, “Pride flag destroyed at St. Mike’s in Low.”

I wanted to point out the power and importance of language in regard to this article. The author used the term “transgendered” when referring to transgender individuals. “Transgender” is an adjective, and when it is used as a noun (eg: “He is a transgender”), or a verb (eg: “transgendered”), it is not only grammatically incorrect, but it is dehumanizing, and implies that ‘something has happened to make a person trans,’ which is false.

In a time where trans (and 2SLGBTQIA+) rights are constantly under attack, it is important now more than ever to ‘get it right’, when speaking and writing about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. While not a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community myself, I’m a nurse who works with this community, and I don’t want 2SLGBTQIA+ people to always have to be the ones educating and ‘doing the work’ for the rest of us.

We all need to do our best and do the work, to be the allies that the 2SLGBTQIA+ community needs us to be. It’s ok not to get it right the first time. The most important thing is to course correct and make sure you get it right the next time (and all the times after that).

Carolyn McGovern

Masham, QC

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