Backlash against gender nonconformity hurts transgender and non-binary people in particular

A picture of Harry Styles in a light blue dress from his Vogue photoshoot
A picture of Harry Styles in a light blue dress from his Vogue photoshoot
Image: Vogue Magazine. Photographed by Tyler Mitchell

In case you somehow missed it: a Vogue cover story recently featured a photoshoot of British pop singer and former One Direction member Harry Styles wearing a dress. It didn’t take long for the Internet to rear its ugly head and unleash a deluge of insulting comments, some from notable right-wing online celebrities. For transgender and non-binary people, especially those assigned male at birth, these reactions are deeply harmful — but also all too familiar.

The Backlash

One need only take a quick glance at some of the replies to the…

Marius T.

Non-Binary English/philosophy student, writer and comics enthusiast from Germany. they/them; he/him.

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