One person finds themselves in a shocking situation as they are accused of being transphobic by a gender-fluid friend. Morgan, who is a supporter of trans rights, accidentally referred to a friend with the wrong pronoun. Her friend ended up storming out, accusing Morgan of being transphobic. Now, Morgan has turned to Reddit to seek advice.
She’s a Supporter
Meet Morgan, a 30-year-old individual who claims to support the LGBTQ+ community and aims to understand and accept everyone.
Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?
On this occasion, Morgan refused to use her friend’s correct pronouns because of personal reasons.
Causing a Stir
Morgan’s friend group includes a vibrant and expressive individual named Riley, who is genderfluid at the age of 22.
Morgan respects Riley’s ability to switch between dresses and suits.
Everything seemed fine until Riley announced a change in pronouns.
Riley no longer wanted to be referred to as “they/them,” but preferred the pronouns “It” and “It’s.”
Triggering a Shocking Past Trauma
This revelation struck a nerve with Morgan, as it reminded her of a painful period in her own life.
Bullied and Dehumanised in School
During their school days, Morgan faced severe bullying, being reduced to being called “It” instead of her name.
A Hurtful Dilemma
The memories of that hurtful time resurfaced, making it difficult for Morgan to use the same pronouns for Riley.
She didn’t want to upset Riley or trigger the pain she had experienced.
The Perfect Plan?
Morgan made the decision that instead of using the requested pronouns, she simply used Riley’s name when referring to them.
Respecting Everyone’s Values?
This way, Morgan believed she could treat Riley with respect while avoiding the discomfort of using pronouns that echoed her past trauma.
Morgan now realises she should have discussed her concerns with Riley, acknowledging that communication was key.
Unfortunate Mistake or Transphobic Act?
A slip-up occurred recently when Morgan introduced Riley to someone using the wrong pronouns.
She Was Caught Off Guard
Riley, visibly upset, confronted Morgan in front of the group, questioning her lack of compliance.
Morgan caught off guard, attempted to explain their story, but Riley was still clearly disappointed.
Riley Stormed Off
The conversation ended with Riley storming off and accusing Morgan of transphobia, creating tension within the friend group.
Is Morgan really transphobic? She’s turned to the online community to find answers.
A Difficult Friend to Be Around
Users suggest that Riley is the problem, saying “Riley sounds exhausting to be around. Riley also seems to only care about Riley and has zero empathy for someone else’s trauma.”
Another believes Riley is using it for attention, “Main character syndrome knows no race nor birth gender assignment.”
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