This past weekend I attended a transgender conference and several different trans people, independently from one another, asked me if I was taking testosterone.
Now this might seem like a perfectly reasonable question for a trans person to ask a trans man. After all, that’s what some trans men do, right? Some transsexuals take hormones.
Heck, we might even get together as a group and talk about it, or some folks will blog about it, or make videos on YouTube about it. All this hormone business is out there in the trans-o-sphere and no one thinks twice about one trans person asking another whether they’re taking hormones?
But what if a non-trans person had asked a trans person that question?
If a non-trans person were to ask me personal questions about medical treatments, such as whether I was taking testosterone, I might put that question in a blog post, with a list of inappropriate things that non-trans people say to trans people.
Or if a non-trans person asked me whether I was taking testosterone and that person happened to be a dental hygienist, I might write a blog post about inappropriate ways that health care providers treat trans people.
But in this case, it was trans people who asked me whether I was taking hormones to medically transition. And so now, I ask you —
Is it any more (or less) appropriate for a trans person, rather than a non-trans person, to pose these sorts of questions to someone about their medical treatments?
Is there a double standard?
Readers, what do you think?