when individuals take it upon themselves, with no authority whatsoever, to determine who has access or rights to an identity or community, often with a misplaced sense of self-superiority.
An example of Queer gatekeeping would be implying that, for example, bisexuals are not “Queer” or “gay” enough for gay venues or the Queer identity, similarly with asexual people.
Trans gatekeeping may be dismissing the concerns of nonbinary individuals or transgender individuals who have not taken a certain amount of steps (e.g. gender reassignment surgery) for not being “trans enough”.
Binary gatekeeping refers to the act of dismissing transgender, intersex and/or nonbinary individuals’ identities in order to prop up the sex binary.
Originally published: 4th December, 2020
Last modified: December 4, 2020