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COLUMN: Transgender or Transgendered?

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The Huffington Post
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May 30, 2013
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I've increasingly been seeing and hearing the word "transgendered," and I have cringed every time. What's wrong with the seemingly subtle difference between saying "transgendered" and "transgender?" Actually, a lot. Readers of my age and older will remember a sad time when this country labeled African-Americans as "colored people." One problem with this label was that it implied something happened to make the person "of color," which denied the person's dignity of being born that way. Today, we are somewhat more enlightened and say "people of color" instead.

For more information about reporting on transgender issues and terminology, see GLAAD's Media Reference Guide.