If you have spent time on anime hub sites like 4chan and Reddit, you've probably heard the phrase "are traps gay" tossed around casually. Although this phrase is often used as a joke, it has legitimate repercussions that go far beyond simply making people laugh. In fact, it institutes false beliefs about trans people and justifies violence that stems from insecurity.
Those who use the phrase are trying to bolster their fragile masculinity by insinuating that trans women are crossdressers that trick those they meet into thinking they are men when, in reality, they are not. This is the same reasoning behind the infamous Admiral Ackbar reaction image that became popular on anime picture forums, where men would yell "IT'S A TRAP!" when a ship came into view. These men are controlled by toxic societal norms, and in some cases, this can lead to acts of violence or even murder.
In addition, the idea that traps are gay is based on the notion that chromosomes define gender. But sexual attraction is based on perception. And, whether you're a man or a woman, you can see that traps look feminine and are attracted to them because of it.
This is why it's important for anyone who uses the phrase, especially those in positions of power like teachers and religious leaders, to step up and speak out. This type of rhetoric only fuels hate, which leads to violence, and we can't have that in our society.