The notion of transphobia is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). The Urgent Spanish Foundation (Founded BBVA), however, it recognizes the term as correct.
The transphobia is he rejection of transsexual individuals or transgender. A transsexual or transgender person, meanwhile, is someone whose gender identity does not match the sex assigned at birth.
It is important to mention that transsexual and transgender can be used as noun or as adjective. Shortening trans, on the other hand, it is also valid.
The one who manifests transphobia is transphobic or transphobic. This phobia is expressed through an aggressive attitude or behavior towards transsexuals, which may include bullying, physical violence And till murder.
As with the terms homophobic and homophobic, no matter what the dictionaries of our language indicate, which indicate both as adjectives and only the second as a possible noun, in everyday speech its use is confused and adapted to the spontaneous needs to condemn this type of contempt that so much hurt cause.
Transphobia implies discriminate. The transphobe does not treat transsexuals in the same way as other people, but instead makes trans people invisible, denigrates, attacks, etc. Transphobia is often considered to be based on sexism and in understanding that the feminine / masculine categories are rigid and exclusive.
The misogyny and the homophobia they are also present in transphobia. Like trans, homosexuals and the rest of the subjects who do not fit into cisnormativity and heteronormativity defy social norms and conventions, transphobes feel afraid and hate before the questioning of mental and cultural structures.
One of the classic excuses for homophobes and transphobes is that they can have a “negative” influence on the little ones, as if her sexuality is a contagious disease. Based on this, many movements obtain the approval of the authorities to continue attacking and stigmatizing homosexuals and transsexuals, both directly and indirectly.
It is important to mention that transphobia goes beyond individual behaviors. The society, through its institutions, tends to stigmatize and marginalize to the transgender community, whose members face great difficulties in finding work, accessing the health system, etc.
One of the indirect aggressions that society launches against these people in a way that is as little concealed as justified is to put them in a sentence together with the pedophiles. How can a person’s sexuality, something we all have, be compared to a twisted and harmful tendency that ruins the lives of thousands of children every day? Pedophilia is a disease, and perhaps the worst, since it leads the individual to feel sexual desires for minors and, in most cases, to do everything possible to consume them.
It is also very common to call transsexuals by their old names, those imposed on them from birth, which are also known as «dead names«. This is a very low but very common attack, since it does not take more resources to execute it than the old personal data of the victim. Like any other such aggression, it can never be justified, because there is no reason or trigger beyond hatred and fear.
Transphobic humor is quite normal, although year after year it is condemned more and more. Until the second decade of the third millennium, it was common for film and television to provoke easy laughter with men dressed as women, focusing on their complexion to cause grace. This also reminds us that the transsexuality of someone who is born in the body of a woman but feels like a man is less visible than the opposite, just as lesbianism is not mentioned as much as the homosexuality of men.