The Guardian shared a story a story titled “When you’re trans, every choice to be more feminine could mean life or death” by Jetta Rae, a trans woman which provides a firsthand perspective of the fear and violence that trans women confront daily. Violence against trans women is an enormous problem – 1 in 12 trans women are murdered and 1 in 8 trans women of color are murdered.
But trans women aren’t the only trans individuals and the title, coupled with the singular perspective suggests that ‘trans’ and ‘trans women’ are synonymous. You might get that impression from mainstream media, which loves Laverne Cox and Janet Mock and Jenna Talackova but hasn’t put much of a spotlight on Buck Angel or Kye Allums or even Chaz Bono post-Dancing With the Stars or Brandon Teena now that Boys Don’t Cry is 16 years old.
It’s important to share stories and perspectives like Jetta Rae’s, but it’s also important for publications like The Guardian to avoid titles that are an (however unintentional) erasure of other trans identities.