trans·​pho·​bia ˌtran(t)s-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce transphobia (audio)
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against transgender people
Homophobia and transphobia are still major issues among LGBTQ youth, who are at higher risk for verbal harassment by classmates …Erica Lenti
compare homophobia
transphobic adjective
transphobic views

Examples of transphobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His incarceration reflects the immigration system’s failings but also its transphobia. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 In November of that year, controversy erupted after the commission discussed and voted to sign a letter condemning transphobia and recommitted to work to end discrimination against transgender people. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2023 Same goes for homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 In 2021, more than 450 feminist leaders -- including Gloria Steinem, Regina King, Chelsea Clinton and Selena Gomez -- signed an open letter to stand in solidarity with transgender women and girls, saying that transphobia goes against the foundational beliefs of freedom for women. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 24 Aug. 2023 All of the recent tweets have mentioned popular right-wing talking points, like transphobia and gas stoves, and mocked Ocasio-Cortez. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 30 May 2023 Related: In Amherst, teen journalists’ investigation of transphobia at the middle school forced a district shake-up One parent told the publication that one of the counselors routinely misgendered her child, even when the student wore a hat with a large pin with their pronouns on it. Adria Watson,, 13 July 2023 Homophobia, transphobia and other forms of prejudice persist in the United States and across the globe. Matthew Oware, The Conversation, 5 June 2023 As a result, nearly two-thirds of trans people don’t use public restrooms, and half of the trans people living in the UK feel unable to leave their house due to transphobia. Vic Parsons, Vogue, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History


trans entry 1 + -phobia

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transphobia was in 1992

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“Transphobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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