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The Cisgender Privilege Checklist

There appears to be little in the way of a comprehensive cisgender (non transgender) privilege list. These lists are generally written in the first person relative to having the privilege. Number #1 speaks to both heterosexual and cisgender privilege. The remainder of the list focuses on cisgender privilege.

1. It is unlikely that I will be ostracized by my family and friends, fired from my job, evicted from my home, given substandard medical care, suffer violent or sexual abuse, ridiculed by the media, or preached against by religious organizations simply because of my professed identity or perceived incongruent gendered behaviors or characteristics.

2. I can be confident that people will not call me by a different name or use improper pronouns.

3. I never suffered the indignation of "holding it," when both functional and unoccupied public restrooms are available. In fact, I don't need to be concerned about public facilities segregated by sex.

4. If I am institutionalized, I don't have to worry about being housed in the wrong section of a facility segregated by sex.

5. I am not denied entrance to appropriate services or events that are segregated by sex.

6. My childhood innocence was not interrupted with desperate prayers to a divinity begging to wake up the opposite sex.

7. I never grieve about my lost childhood and adolescence because I was born the opposite sex.

8. I will only experience puberty once.

9. I never worry about potential lovers shifting instantly from amorous affection to disdain and even violence because of my genitals.

10. I am unlikely to be questioned about my genitals, even less likely to be touched inappropriately or asked to see them.

11. It is unlikely that I would risk my health by avoiding the medical profession for fear of discovery.

12. I never considered hiding my body parts by binding or tucking.

13. It is unlikely that I would consider changing my voice.

14. If I have a professionally recognized and diagnosed condition, I am unlikely to be excluded from medical insurance coverage.

15. As a man, I am more likely to look my age, and have a body similar in size and shape to other men.

16. As a man, I am more likely to be satisfied with the functionality of my genitals.

17. As a man, I am more likely able to father children.

18. As a woman, I am more likely to have a body similar in size and shape to other women.

19. As a woman, I am unlikely to lose my hair before middle age.

20. As a woman, I am more likely able to conceive and bear children.

21. As a woman, I don't have to dilate (vaginal dilation) the rest of my life.

22. I am more likely able to achieve orgasm.

23. I will likely have $50,000 or more to spend or save for retirement.

24. I can't imagine spending months and $1000s of dollars on a therapist so they can tell me something I already knew.

25. If I am physically healthy, I don't think about having a hysterectomy, a mastectomy, massive hair removal, contra-hormone therapy, vocal surgery, facial reassignment surgery, or genital reassignment surgery.

26. I have a better chance of reaching old age without taking my own life.

27. At my funeral, it is unlikely that my family would present me crossdressed against my living wishes.

28. I never worry about passing, gender-wise. I am oblivious to the consequences of someone failing to ‘pass’, and consequently losing my cisgender (non transgender) privilege. In fact, I have the privilege of being completely unaware of my own cisgender privilege.

The Transgender Boards – “The Cisgender Privilege Checklist - The Membership”
September, 2005

Anti-Cisgender: Homo On the Range - Be Yourself.  Anywhere

Homo on the Range is a state of mind. It’s the audacity to be yourself, anywhere. It’s the boldness to standout. It’s the courage to keep going. It’s wide-open spaces, full of unlimited possibilities. One does not have to be a “homo” nor live “on the range” to be part of it.  Homo on the Range began as a monthly column for the Wichita-based Naked City Magazine in March of 2009. Author Jason Dilts created it to give a voice to the unique perspective one gains by being out and gay in a conservative state like Kansas. Political battles over gay rights have focused largely on the coasts, but it’s Middle America where hearts and minds must truly be won over. There’s a lot more to Kansas than flat land; Homo on the Range uncovers the more (rainbow) colorful side of Kansas!
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