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05 April 2011

Respecting a transgendered person

This section deals with confidentiality, privacy, questioning and the use of pronouns.

It cannot be stressed enough that everyone has the right to privacy. A person's transgender status should always be treated with the same high level of confidentiality as any other sensitive personal information.

Inappropriate questions
Inappropriate questioning is anything that is of a higher level of intimacy than questions you would ask a person who is not transgender. For example, it would be unthinkable to ask a man you didn’t know very well about the size and shape of his penis, or ask a woman you only knew a little whether or not she wore a wig or a padded bra, so it is also completely inappropriate to quiz transgender people in this way.

 
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