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cis- +‎ wash, by analogy with whitewash.


ciswash (third-person singular simple present ciswashes, present participle ciswashing, simple past and past participle ciswashed)

  1. To ignore, deny, or minimize the gender identity of a transperson or transpeople, or the role that a transperson or transpeople played in an event.
    • 2013, Cristan Williams, "Interview With an Actual Stonewall Riot Veteran: The Ciswashing of Stonewall Must End!", The Transadvocate, 18 February 2013:
      Numerous media outlets recounted how the noble gays and lesbians fought that night – never mentioning trans folk… carrying on that long and painful tradition of ciswashing queer history – especially Stonewall history.
    • 2015, Matt Comer, "'Stonewall' film attracts criticism", QNotes, Volume 30, Number 8, 14 August 2015 - 27 August 2015, page 17:
      Throughout the 2-minute trailer, I watched the passionate and diverse history of our movement be whitewashed and ciswashed.
    • 2015, Leela Ginelle, "Let's Remember What Stonewall Actually Was", PQ Monthly, August/September 2015, page 15:
      Let's stop ciswashing and whitewashing Stonewall, and use it instead as an example of how we need to fight racism, transmisogyny and poverty in our culture.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:ciswash.

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