Straight passing is a term used to refer to a queer or trans person in a duaric or "straight" relationship or what appears to be a duaric relationship. This is most commonly used to refer to multisexual people who are in a duaric relationship. It can also refers to a-spec people who are in a duaric relationship. Another usage is for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals who are in relationships that appear straight due to them being misgendered.
The term "straight passing" is viewed as controversial, particularly in the context of "straight passing privilege", as it is most commonly used to undermine multisexual and a-spec people's LGBT+ identities. Bisexual, pansexual, and other multisexual people often have their attraction to the same gender questioned or erased when they date someone of the opposite gender, leaving them feeling isolated from both heterosexual society and the LGBT+ community. The term "straight passing privilege" is commonly used to imply that multisexual people are more privileged, ignoring any struggles that multisexual people specifically face, even when in "straight" relationships. Similarly some people have tried to argue "straight passing privilege" as a reason why a-spec people are not members of the LGBT+ community.
The appearance of "straight passing" can also commonly be a direct result of misgendering people. In a "straight passing" couple one of the people may be gender non-conforming, transgender in the early staging of transitioning, or non-binary.
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