1. You have every right to view gender as oppression. While I agree that women in general continue to be oppressed, I don’t see gender expression or identity in and of itself as oppression. I’m pretty sure you and I will never agree on this point, so I’ll move on.
  2. I do *not* look at butch women as trans. Why would I? Gender expression is not gender identity. RuPaul isn’t trans nor would I ever label him as such. He’s a man who dresses in drag. He does not identify as a woman. On the other hand Laverne Cox is trans. She identifies as female and that’s how I view her. Same goes for Chaz Bono. He has clearly stated he identifies as a transgender man. Also, please stop equating sexuality with gender identity. They are not related to each other. Straight, bi, pan, or ace women can also be butch without being trans.
  3. I agree, the world is not divided into transgender and cisgender. Non-binary is a valid identity. I did not include that in my original article just because I didn’t want to confuse the issue for people who are still trying to wrap their brains around all these terms.
  4. How would I identify all those people? I wouldn’t. I would respect how they identify themselves. Will you do the same? (I identify as a transgender man. I am not a butch woman with a beard, and I am most certainly not a “TIF.”)
  5. Cis and trans are focused on people’s gender identities (regardless of whether or not you agree that gender should even be a thing anymore). It’s not about gender expression. Gender non-conforming is about expression, not identity, and therefore not part of this discussion.

Transgender writer and author. I primarily write on LGBTQ issues, with a focus on the transgender community. http://glbalend.com/

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