Super Unsubtle Transphobia

The creation of an identity based on the rejection of another identity is resentful at best and hateful at worst

Recently, people have been identifying themselves as “super straight” online, a new preference defined as “a straight person who only dates people that were born with the opposite gender” by Urban Dictionary. TikTok creator Kyle Royce began the trend with a video claiming that he no longer wanted to be called transphobic for refusing to date anybody born with a Y-chromosome. Many people followed the trend, using the hashtag superstraight and even creating their orange and black, “pride flag.” While some people jokingly identify as super straight, others pridefully have the super straight flag as their profile pictures on various social media platforms. No matter their intentions, anybody who identifies with the trend is being blatantly transphobic and insensitive. 

People who identify as super straight have claimed that they are new members of the LGBTQ+ community, referring to criticism of their super straightness as oppression. In an attempt to disguise their transphobia as a legitmate sexuality, super straights equate being gay to the exclusion transgender people. Super straights believe they are part of the community that they ironically disrespect showing their ignorance toward LGBTQ+ oppression. Transphobic individuals fail to see that gender, different from biological sex, is a spectrum and get angered by people simply expressing their identities. They often misgender, make insensitive jokes and continue to show no understanding of the anger that people have in response to their ignorance. 

The trend quickly popularized on platforms such as Reddit and Twitter, after many people suddenly felt proud to associate with the new “sexuality.” Social media has no boundaries, allowing anyone to say whatever they would like. Super straightness became a catalyst for bigotry, even allowing neo-Nazis to associate super straight (SS) with the Nazi Party in order to push their white nationalist agenda forward. Extremists often blow ironic subjects out of proportion, influencing many vulnerable minds on the internet. People quickly began identifying as super straight, unaware of the effects it has on the transgender community. LGBTQ+ pride celebrates the strength it takes for individuals to accept their identities while “straight” pride disrespects their movement by advocating for hatred. 

With transphobia so widespread, it is no surprise that teenagers are finding excuses to be transphobic today. While some people may prefer to date the opposite sex, super straights’ complete exclusion of transgender people minimizes a transgender person’s entire identity to their genitals, while also failing to account for those that have undergone gender reassignment surgery. Refusing to date anybody specifically because they are transgender is discriminative, as it infers that the individual does not see transgender men and women as “male” or “female” enough for them to be attracted to. 

The refusal to date others for being transgender is not a sexual orientation, as super straights describe it. Though their preferences may feel “uncontrollable”, the super straight experience is incomparable to the life of an actual LGBTQ+ person, who faces legislative discrimination and societal biases. Those who go out of their way to openly voice that they would never date a transgender person prove that they are transphobic, as they invalidate the identities of transgender people.

By Sophia Parungao, Staff writer
Editorial cartoon by Rikka Tagayuna