Transphobia Is Becoming Mainstream on the Left— and How We Can Stop It

A person holding up their hand so that their palm obscures their face. On their palm is a drawing of the trans flag
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Screenshot of the New York Times opinion piece by Pamela Paul entitled “Far Right and Far Left Agree On One Thing: Women Don’t Count” published on July 2, 2022
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Image of the Progress Flag with the following text: Americans’ Support For LGBTQ Rights Often Stops With Transgender Rights By Natalie Jackson Jul. 12, 2022, at 6:00 AM
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What You Can Do About It

  1. the speaker will be put more at ease, hopefully making them comfortable enough to share their true thoughts and feelings. Active listening has been shown to build trust, so they will likely also become more receptive to what you have to say.
  2. you’ll attain the majority of information that you will need to change this person’s mind. Instead of making assumptions about their motivations, active listening enables you to gain a clear picture of this person’s specific grievances, areas of ignorance, etc. These details will be crucial for tailoring your approach to convincing this individual that their opinions of trans people are both wrong and dangerous.

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