No, Newsweek, Trans Visibility is Not Homophobia

Phaylen Fairchild
9 min readApr 24, 2022

Newsweek published an Op-Ed this week by Ben Appel titled “The New Homophobia.” The core issue? Transgender acknowledgement in society.

Appel proposes a frightening dose of both rhetoric and transphobia in the lengthy piece wherein he bemoans his suffering as a cis, white gay man whose believes the term “cis” is a slur and grieves for his “sex-based rights” - an often parroted but…

Phaylen Fairchild

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