It seems the right-wingers in the United States think they have an effective way to attack trans people: misgender them.
This comes in the wake of the Ben Shapiro/Zoey Tur dust-up on national TV last week, in which Shapiro used the provocative term “sir” in reference to Tur, who responded with what some are alleging to be threats.
Shapiro has filed a complaint with L.A. police over the incident, and the right-wingers are celebrating big time.
So, you can be sure the misgendering tactic will be commonplace now among the right-wing anti-trans crowd, regardless of whether the trans people in question have legally transitioned and if their official, legal gender is female.
So, how should the trans community respond? Well, not like Zoey did, because that’s just what the right-wingers want. They want attention. They want to provoke trans people. They want war.
The best way to respond is not to respond. Ignore them. Let them prattle on in their little blogs and right-wing propaganda spaces. But don’t give them any sort of publicity — and that includes in LGBT-friendly publications.
Don’t take their bait.
Just tune them out.
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey