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Trans people: Is the term "T" a current term for trans person ?

Asked by janbb (44102 points ) January 29th, 2013

A new friend said that his Trans friends use that term and I have never heard it. Wonder if it is current or an old term?

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janbb's avatar

(Oh – good. I was just about to send it to you @bookish1. And good Simone!.)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

What do you mean the term ‘T’? Like if someone says, ‘I’m T’? I mean the only way I’ve seen that is in the acronym LGBT where the T stands for transgender.

bookish1's avatar

Ain’t never heard that one, but that doesn’t mean that someone somewhere isn’t trying to popularize it. The language seems to change every 2–3 years, and what was considered righteous in the early 2000s might not be ‘politically correct’ now. Not to mention, there are always inside jokes between friends.

Edit: I lied. My brain is full of mush and history. I have encountered people using T as in T-man, T-woman. I’ve seen it as part of usernames online, for instance. But I have never heard someone say “I’m T.”

T is what I shoot into my leg every week. I can’t wait for the next one.
I also say that the T stands for Token in LGBT. Because, so painfully often, that’s all it’s there for.

janbb's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Yup – that’s what my friend asserted. That people would say they were “T” or a T person.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@janbb Well in these neck of the woods, in queer NYC, I haven’t heard that in my trans circles. I’ve heard of, as @bookish1 mentioned, that people ‘are on T’ which indicates they’re taking testosterone.

janbb's avatar

It may be an older or a West Coast term then.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@janbb Well, it’s interesting and I should certainly be ‘up on the terms.’ Thanks.

janbb's avatar

He is an older bi-coastal guy but very hip so I wondered because I’ve never heard it either. Let me know if you find out anything.

bookish1's avatar

It’s gotta be insider language made up in a certain region or among a certain social group. Saying “I am T” is just not going to register for anyone who’s not already in the know. It certainly wouldn’t help with “coming out” to someone. I’ve met a lot of trans people in the past few years, although the great majority on the East Coast of the US.

dxs's avatar

@janbb I’ve never heard it here on the east coast. We call our trains and subways “T“s here. (I am not transsexual or part of a transsexual community, so I apologize)

janbb's avatar

@dxs that’s fine; any pertinent answers are acceptable.

ETpro's avatar

It’s not common in Boston, because when you say your’e jumping on the T you mean the subway, the MBTA of Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority to be specific. But I see it all the time online. Swim tells me porn sites have whole sections devoted to T-girls. Of course, I wouldn’t have any knowledge of that, but I am sure Swim knows what s/he’s talking about.

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mattbrowne's avatar

To me trans friends, sounds like transgenic people.

bookish1's avatar

@mattbrowne : How do transsexual or transgendered people call themselves in German?

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