Greetings! I am writing in response to the recent Best of Burque issue of the Alibi. I was happy to see that Adrien Lawyer won the much-deserved title of Best LGBT Leader for his extensive work on behalf of the trans community. However, I was disturbed by the language used in this section, which twice used the term “transgenders” as a noun to refer to trans people. This is an incorrect usage and is considered offensive. Transgender is an adjective that describes a human being. Some appropriate terms to refer to trans people as a group include transgender people and the trans community. As is explained in GLAAD Media Reference Guide under Terms to Avoid:
Problematic: "transgenders," "a transgender"
Preferred: transgender people, a transgender person
Transgender should be used as an adjective, not as a noun. Do not say, "Tony is a transgender," or "The parade included many transgenders." Instead say, "Tony is a transgender man," or "The parade included many transgender people."
Please use language that reflects the way we describe ourselves.