Transpinay is a contemporary word to describe Philippine trans women, combing trans and Pinay, the local term for Filipina, a woman from the Philippines. Previously, Filipinos used the term bakla to describe all individuals who were assigned male at birth who had adopted a traditionally feminine gender expression, including trans woman. To this point, relatively few non-trans Filipinos embrace and use the word transpinay. Given that the Philippines is a predominantly conservative Christian country, where trans people lack legal rights and where trans women are disproportionately the victims of hate crimes, it is not surprising that its cis population does not recognize the term transpinay, as they do not acknowledge trans people in general.

Precolonial Trans: The Babaylan

The Philippine islands were colonized by Spain from ...

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