How ‘cis lesbian’ and ‘cis gay man’ reveal the homophobia in the transgender movement

I have seen the terms ‘cis lesbian’ and ‘cis gay man’ used by transgender individuals. Here’s how these terms reveal the homophobia at the core of the transgender movement.

To examine use of the word ‘cis‘ we can turn to Julia Serano who thus defines this term thus:

“people who are not trans, transgender, or transsexual, respectively”

We can look to Serano again for a definition of ‘transgender‘:

“Transgender: the most commonly accepted umbrella term for people who transgress gender norms or defy traditional gender categories in some way.”

An example of a gender norm is the sex of your partner, as gender values heterosexuality above homosexuality: for example, girls are socialised to be home makers, wives and mothers, boys to be bread winners, husbands and fathers. We are taught, from an early age, to embrace heterosexual relationships as an ideal and this is a fundamental part of ‘normal’ gender socialisation.

Stonewall UK throw homosexuals under the bus.

Lesbians and gay men transgress the fundamental heterosexual norm of gender because the sexual and romantic partners of lesbians and gay men are people who are of the same sex. There is therefore no such thing as a ‘cis lesbian’ or a ‘cis gay man’. The use of ‘cis’ in this way is an attempt by transgender individuals, who are often themselves heterosexual males, to impute gendered privilege to homosexuals over heterosexuals. As anyone who has ever been a victim of ‘gay bashing‘ will tell you, this is the opposite of the truth.

Attributing ‘cis’ to lesbians (and gay men) fundamentally ignores what it means to be homosexual; the terms ‘cis lesbian’ and ‘cis gay man’ diminish what it means to be homosexual and so associating ‘cis’ with lesbians or gay men is homophobic.

5 Responses to “How ‘cis lesbian’ and ‘cis gay man’ reveal the homophobia in the transgender movement”

  • FeistyAmazon

    Thank you, cuz being tomboy all my life then growing into Butch when I came out at 21, I NEVER had the luxury of those who conformed to sex roles or sex stereotypes. NOT EVER as a Butch Dyke. Ive dated and partnered with Femmes Ive partnered with other Butches, but prefer another Butch because SHE UNDERSTANDS the struggle I have had from childhood and price paid for NOT CONFORMING. NO Butch Dyke conforms. We are not transgender or transsexual NOR are we Cis or Queer.

    We ARE DykeAmazons and proudly Lesbian Females!!!

  • James

    you fucking ass. you’re being willfully obtuse here. cis literally only mean identifying as the sex you’re assigned at birth. if you were assigned female and you id as female, you’re cis. your sexuality as a lesbian has nothing to do with that. grow the fuck up and quit reaching for ways to villify trans people.

    • miranda

      As explained in the piece, the definition of ‘cis’ is taken from the individual who originated the term in this context. The definition you’re offering is fundamentally different to Serano’s which includes anyone who does not comply with ‘gender norms’. This includes the sex of the partner. What I write here is less about vilifying trans people (the trans community is toxic enough to do this without my help) and more about recognising the reality of what transgender politics is and does; I think it’s important to recognise something that claims to be a movement for civil liberties does in fact conflict quite starkly with the rights and liberties of homosexuals and women.

      http://www.juliaserano.com/terminology.html#cis

    • miranda

      It seems always the case that heterosexuals and heterosexuality destroy any romanticism with mission creep.

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