Twitter has removed a policy that prohibited misgendering or deadnaming of transgender people on the social media platform.

What is deadnaming?

  • A deadname is essentially the name that a trans, non-binary, and/or gender-expansive person was called before they adopted a more self-affirming name.
  • The act of calling a trans, non-binary, and/or gender-expansive person by the deadname is known as deadnaming, which can lead to adverse consequences.
  • Deadnaming is harmful because refusing to use a person’s chosen name or pronouns is a form of transphobia or cissexism.
  • Cissexism can contribute to mental health conditions, such as depression and suicidality.
  • It can also lead to physical and verbal assault and abuse.
  • Deadnaming not only invalidates someone’s true identity but also may reveal information about the sex assigned to them at birth that the person concerned may not want anyone to know.


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