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The word "transgender" has only recently come into widespread usage, largely as a result of the firestorm over state laws restricting which bathrooms transgender people should use. Assistant professor K.J. Rawson explains the word's history, and tells Here & Now's Robin Young why the proper use is "transgender," not "transgendered" — because "transgender" is something you are, not something you do.


The media guide mentioned in this interview is distributed by the group GLAAD.
In the interview we mistakenly identified them as Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders; that group calls itself GLAD, and its full name is GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.


  • K.J. Rawson, assistant professor at College of the Holy Cross, who is compiling a Digital Transgender Archive. He tweets @KJRawson.

This segment aired on May 17, 2016.

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