While normativity has been central to queer linguistic research, the emergent field of trans
linguistics provides opportunities for greater nuance and
elaboration on the concept. Drawing from interviews with non-binary people documenting their narratives of doctor-patient visits,
I present a series of recounted interactional moments where what might be considered ‘normative’ is in fact a survival strategy,
highlighting how we might view certain invocations of the transnormative (Johnson 2016)
in more complicated ways. Notions of normativity and authenticity, which are too often
weaponized against trans people as a means to measure their ‘success’ in approximating cisheteronormative ideals, are not easily
transported from queer linguistics to trans linguistics. As concepts imbricated with a history of violence for trans people, they
must be treated with care and responsibility, as part of an active devotion to dismantling transphobia.
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