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The best T. rex is nonbinary, guys!!!

I support them

casual reminder that this blog is trans friendly: the main mod is a non-binary trans guy that uses they/the m and he/him pronouns equally!

This blog is also trans friendly ^_^ I am nonbinary and utilize she/her and ey/em. Just a fun reminder. And Jack and Ryuu are both fantastic allies. 

Since this awesomeness is going around and I don’t think I’ve ever outright stated it – this is a good time to clarify that this is a trans-friendly blog. I’m non-binary and use ‘they’ pronouns!

All are welcome here. ♥

My blog is as trans-friendly as it can be, which is to say no form of abuse will come from it (cause that would just be unprofessional); however, just because science currently does not know the gender of a fossilized skeleton, does not mean it did not have one when alive, for science only recognizes male and female sexes, anything else is an anomaly. Simultaneously, you have every right to use they/them pronouns and if it helps you personally, that’s great, but those pronouns still do not make grammatical sense, nor biological/sex sense when used in a sentence, for whoever is reading it is automatically thinking the author is referring to more than one person.

Your blog isn’t “trans friendly” then. Don’t act like you support us then tell us our identities “don’t make sense”.

The singular “they” is extremely common and perfectly correct English, and has been for centuries. I guarantee every English speaker has used the singular “they” in their lifetime. Absolutely nothing supports the argument that the singular “they” is incorrect. In fact:

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Additionally, science DOES, in fact, recognise sexes that are not male or female. Intersex sexes have been recognised for decades. It is absolutely not a new concept that physical sex goes beyond clear cut male and female, and it is also a scientifically recognised phenomena.

Science also recognises that sex and gender are not, in fact, the same thing, nor necessarily linked. For someone who is supposedly “trans friendly”, this is basic fucking knowledge.

You’ve also completely missed that the point of this action on Twitter (and this post here, on Tumblr) was to support trans and NB people, rather than a serious scientific statement on the gender identity of a bunch of fucking rocks. Of course SUE, as a dead fossilised jumble of bones and plaster, does not actually have a gender. That’s not the point here. The point is the normalisation of pronoun declarations for the safety of trans and NB individuals.

What you have just done, here? This is a classic example of nonbinary (and intersex) erasure, dismissal, and hatred. What’s worse, is you tried to frame it as a support message, “except where it doesn’t make sense”. Accepting trans and nonbinary people means listening to us, not trying to tell us we’re “wrong” or “don’t exist” or “don’t make sense”. You used flowery language and a superior tone to try and dismiss us, all while saying “I support you, but be aware I think this is stupid/wrong/nonsensical”.

If you support us, support us, period. If you don’t, then don’t try to pretend you do. And for gods sake get your facts straight before attempting to look like you’re “just stating the facts”.

Sorry, you can’t call yourself trans friendly, @expeditionersdiscoveryguild, when you completely talk over our experiences and our realities. That’s not being a good ally, that’s acting like you know better than us. 

My blog is definitely trans-friendly, though as a non-trans-person I’ll probably end up making mistakes but they certainly won’t be intentional ones. I am gender-fluid, though, but that isn’t the point.

I think the whole point of SUE having a twitter at all is to reach as many people as possible, to share how cool museums and dinosaurs and science are. We DON’T know SUE’s gender, so assigning one or the other isn’t really relevant or sensible. SUE is a ‘they’ and as a ‘they’, is able to be relateable to everyone, to girls and boys and transpeople and nonbinary people and everyone else.

This is what science SHOULD be doing, saying, “We have this fossil and we don’t know if it was male or female, so let’s call it a ‘they’.” That’s way better than picking a sex based on…what? Personal preference? How ‘pretty’ the bones look? Non-evidence-based ideas about how strength and size indicated sex in this particular species? “They/Them” is not just more inclusive, it’s more scientific.

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