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Elle
08 February 2013 @ 12:41 pm
I know no one person can speak for a community, but am I correct in my recollection that using 'shim' as a pronoun for transfolk is generally considered offensive? My boss just used it ("a shim") to describe a library patron (not within their hearing). I told her that was offensive in the trans community. She claims to have a lot of trans friends and that she learned it from them.

My thought is that its like using the n word in the black community- something they may do among themselves but offensive for an outsider to use. Am I wrong? Any transfolk care to comment?