The way we as a society, as individuals, in our political sphere and our media portrayals talk about minorities matters.
That much should be understood and should go unsaid.
However, we continue to see discussions and "debates" about minorities and marginalised identities which lose sight of the fact that words matter. Words can change and save lives, and words can do untold damage.
Watch: Just last month we marked Trans Day of Visibility. Post continues below.
With the upcoming federal election, we have seen politics and the media latch on to talking points about trans and gender diverse people.
From the way many politicians and commentators push these issues, it would seem that transgender people are some vast majority group wielding huge amounts of power and influence.
However, the reality is, less than two per cent of the population is trans or gender diverse.
We are a small population group, and research has shown that we experience disproportionate poor mental health outcomes, suicide risk, and lower socioeconomic outcomes.
This is not because we are trans; it is because of the stigma, discriminations and violence we face from a society that isn’t always as accepting, tolerant, inclusive or celebratory as it should be.
There is a fear of the unknown when it comes to trans and gender diverse people and our lives; but instead of learning to understand each other, and live and let live, that fear is being taken advantage of by fear-mongering and misinformation spread under the guise of political debate.