While we like to think that we're getting more civilised as a society as the years pass by, it's not easy to survive and thrive in 2019 - especially if you're trans.
Trans rights have come a long way in the last decade, but there is still a staggering amount of ignorance and vitriol aimed towards the trans community. While the common man and woman on the street still don't fully understand the issues trans people face, the mainstream media is also guilty when it comes to the way they portray trans people - I mean, look at Caitlyn Jenner and her transition.
The Whisper app is the largest online community where people anonymously share real thoughts and feelings - and there are some pretty heartbreaking things on there when it comes to trans people. Here we have 20 people who revealed what it really feels like when someone uses the wrong pronouns - and it makes for interesting reading.1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
So there you have it; it might not naturally cross your mind to be sensitive in these kinds of situations, but it's clear that using the wrong pronouns can really hurt the trans community. So next time you find yourself chatting to a trans person, don't let your mouth run away with you - take stock and think about their feelings before you speak. It will really go a long way to showing them that you care and respect their rights.