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Definition(s) of the word Deadnaming

  • Slang term for the act of using a person's old name, the one they had before changing it as part of their transition process/journey.
  • Referring to a transgender person's name they used before their transition, whether intentional or not.
  • The invalidating action of using a person's prior name.

Example uses of the term Deadnaming:

  • I had an old friend who outed me to a group of people by deadnaming me. Worse, even though it was an accident, they refused to apologize.

  • Did he just deadname in that tweet? Gross.

  • Deadnaming is just another example of how transgender people experience discrimination across the board.

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