Transtrender is a word generally used as an insult by exclusionists.
"Transgender" + "trender" or "trendy," to imply that the person is only claiming to be transgender because they believe it is trendy.
- “transtrender” is a term used by truscum (aka people, usually trans men, who believe being trans is a medical condition defined by physical body dysphoria, often specifically genital dysphoria, and frequently assert that most or all non binary genders do not exist) to accuse those trans/non-binary people who they deem “not trans enough” of “appropriating transness” and “hurting trans acceptance” etc. - artblastside, 2016
Transtrender is typically an insult, to the extent some people consider it a slur. It originated from an exclusionist and was popularized in exclusionist (especially transmed/truscum) online spaces, which means that many transgender people (especially xenogender or GNC people) have been referred to as a transtrender by exclusionists. However, some may reclaim the term, and use it in varying levels of seriousness to describe their identity. This may include identifying as a transtrender in gender form.
The oldest confirmable sighting of the word "transtrender" was from a TERF in 2011. According to official-transsexual, Dirtywhiteboy67, a TERF, has the first post that seems to mention it in the context of trans people, although Google results did bring other unexplained hits.
Examples of people actually identifying with this label or the definition of it go here. Acceptable examples include quotes from celebrities or public figures, survey results like the Gender Census, and screenshots of blogs (with permission). Fictional characters may also be added to this section if they've canonicly been said to be this label.
As an insult, the word "transtrender" is often criticized for encouraging respectability politics.
Respectability politics in the context of the LGBT community is the assimilation of LGBT or otherwise marginalized people based on sexuality and/or transgender status into a hegemonic and heteronormative society. This can be achieved by downplaying stereotypes or behaviors associated with homosexuality (e.g. crossdressing or flamboyant dressing, public displays of same sex affection) or participating in cisgender heterosexual institutions. There are many perspectives on whether engaging in respectability politics is the best way for LGBT people to gain acceptance. One perspective is that assimilation is an important and necessary way for the LGBT community to gain rights, and once they are integrated into society they will have more space to challenge mainstream institutions to make them more inclusive. Another perspective is that assimilation only reinforces cisgender heteronormative institutions and makes diversity invisible. Some LGBT people, for instance, choose to identify themselves as straight-acting, creating controversy within the community.
Campaigners for LGBT rights have also struggled with the issue of respectability politics. A distinction has been drawn between an attitude that celebrated and affirmed sexual difference in 1960s gay rights campaigns and contemporary approaches that seek to reduce and underplay sexual differences. Gay people are portrayed as having similar values to the wider cisgender heteronormative society which is "a pride ... premised on a nonconscious agreement with dominant views about what is shameful".
J. Bryan Lowder, writer for Slate, named Caitlyn Jenner as an advocate of respectability politics in the transgender community. "Since the beginning of the civil rights movement for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals," she writes, "there have been individuals who attempted to gain straight society's approval by distancing themselves from—or stepping over the bodies of—more 'radical' elements of the community. ... Respectability politics in the trans community, at least on the public stage, is a newer phenomenon, but it appears that Jenner is positioning herself to lead the way."
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