List of Gender Terms
List of LGBATQQI+ Term
List of LGBATQQI+ Term Definitions
We are constantly honing and adjusting language to our humble goal have the definitions resonate with at least 51 out of 100 people who use the words. Identity terms are tricky, and trying to write a description that works perfectly for everyone using that label simply isnt possible.
To me, MOGII is the most inclusive of all of the terms.
Some definitions here may include words you arent familiar with, or have been taught a flawed or incomplete definition for; Ive likely defined those words somewhere else in the list, but if I also missed many. This is an ever-evolving project that I do my best to check back in on every three or four months. All that said, lets get started alphabetically:
Advocate (noun) (1) a person who actively works to end intolerance, educate others, and support social equity for a marginalized group. (verb) (2) to actively support/plea in favor of a particular cause, the action of working to end intolerance, educate others, etc.
AFAB/FAAB: Assigned female at birth and female assigned at birth respectively. These terms refer to what gender you were assigned at birth (in this case female, thus you are expected to be a girl/woman), and are important because many trans people use them as a way to talk about their gender identity without being pinned down to more essentialist narratives about their sex or what gender they used to be.
Agender (or neutrois, gender neutral, or genderless) Some agender people would define their identity as being neither a man nor a woman while others would define agender as not having any gender.
Ally (noun) a (typically straight- or cis-identified) person who supports, and respects for members of the LGBTQ community. While the word doesnt necessitate action, we consider people to be active allies who take action upon this support and respect, this also indicates to others that you are an ally.
AMAB/MAAB: Assigned male at birth and male assigned at birth respectively. These terms refer to what gender you were assigned at birth (in this case male, thus you are expected to be a boy/man), and are important because many trans people use them as a way to talk about their gender identity without being pinned down to more essentialist narratives about their sex or what gender they used to be.
Androgyne: As a gender identity it can overlap with an androgynous gender expression but not always. Androgynes may define their identity in a variety of ways, feeling as if they are between man and woman or a totally separate identity.
Androgyny/ous (adj; pronounced an-jrah-jun-ee) (1) a gender expression that has elements of both masculinity and femininity. Having neither a clearly masculine or feminine appearance or blending masculine and feminine. (2) occasionally used in place of intersex to describe a person with both female and male anatomy
Androsexual/Androphilic (adj) attraction to men, males, and/or masculinity
Aromantic (adj) is a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in forming romantic relationships.
Asexual (adj) having a lack of (or low level of) sexual attraction to others and/or a lack of interest or desire for sex or sexual partners. Asexuality exists on a spectrum from people who experience no sexual attraction or have any desire for sex to those who experience low levels and only after significant amounts of time, many of these different places on the spectrum have their own identity labels. Another term used within the asexual community is ace, meaning someone who is asexual.
Bicurious (adj) a curiosity about having attraction to people of the same gender/sex (similar to questioning).
Bigender/Trigender/Pangender: People who feel they are two, three, or all genders. They may shift between these genders or be all of them at the same time.
Binarism: Erasing, ignoring or expressing hate towards people who identify outside of the gender binary. Also supporting the incorrect idea that the only legitimate genders are man and woman, and ignoring all others.
Biological Sex (noun) a medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal and anatomical characteristics that are used to classify an individual as female or male or intersex. Often referred to as simply sex, physical sex, anatomical sex, or specifically as sex assigned [or designated] at birth.
Biphobia (noun) a range of negative attitudes (e.g., fear, anger, intolerance, resentment, erasure, or discomfort) that one may have/express towards bisexual individuals. Biphobia can come from and be seen within the queer community as well as straight society. Biphobic (adj) a word used to describe an individual who harbors some elements of this range of negative attitudes towards bisexual people.
Bisexual (adj) a person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to male/men and females/women. Other individuals may use this to indicate an attraction to individuals who identify outside of the gender binary as well and may use bisexual as a way to indicate an interest in more than one gender or sex (i.e. men and genderqueer people). This attraction does not have to be equally split or indicate a level of interest that is the same across the genders or sexes an individual may be attracted to.
Boi (pronounced boy): 1. A female-bodied person who expresses or presents themselves in a culturally/stereotypically masculine, particularly boyish way. 2. One who enjoys being perceived as a young male and intentionally identifies with boy rather than man.
Bottom surgery: Any of a variety of gender-related surgeries dealing with genitalia. They can include: vaginoplasty, phalloplasty, vaginectomy, metoidoplasty, orchidectomy, scrotoplasty and others.
Butch (noun & adj) a person who identifies themselves as masculine, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally. Butch is sometimes used as a derogatory term for lesbians, but is also be claimed as an affirmative identity label.
CAFAB/CAMAB: Coercively assigned female at birth and coercively assigned male at birth respectively. These terms refer to what gender intersex people are assigned at birth and reflect the specific way that intersex people are coerced into one of two limited gender categories which attempt to erase their difference. These terms have been co-opted by trans people but this needs to stop as these are intersex specific terms.
Cisgender: Someone whose gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth, someone who is not trans. The Latin prefix cis means on the same side of. Cisgender is often shortened to cis.
The prefix Cis is of Latin origin, meaning "on the same side as or of therefore someone who is cisgender has a conception of their gender concept/gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth. Cisgender is the opposite of transgender/trans. "Cisgender" is preferred to terms like "biological", "genetic", or "real" male or female.
Cisgender Privilege: The privileges cisgender people have because their gender identities match their assigned gender and because they are considered normal. For example, cis people dont have to worry about violence and institutionalized discrimination due to the fact they are cis.
Cissexism: Erasing trans people and their experiences, and/or expressing hatred and bigotry toward trans people.
Cissexual: Sometimes this term is used synonymously with cisgender, other times it functions as an opposite to transsexual in referring to someone who has done nothing to physically change gendered parts their body. Some find this term to be inaccurate or questionable as it puts a lot of the focus of trans identity on physical transition.
Cisnormativity (noun) the assumption, in individuals or in institutions, that everyone is cisgender, and that cisgender identities are superior to trans* identities or people. Leads to invisibility of non-cisgender identities.
Closeted (adj) an individual who is not open to themselves or others about their (queer) sexuality or gender identity. This may be by choice and/or for other reasons such as fear for ones safety, peer or family rejection or disapproval and/or loss of housing, job, etc. Also known as being in the closet. When someone chooses to break this silence they come out of the closet. (See coming out)
Coming Out (1) the process by which one accepts and/or comes to identify ones own sexuality or gender identity (to come out to oneself). (2) The process by which one shares ones sexuality or gender identity with others (to come out to friends, etc.).
Constellation (noun) the arrangement or structure of a polyamorous relationship.
Cross dresser: Someone who dresses as and presents themselves as a gender other than the one with which they typically identify. Cross dressing can be aesthetic, sexual, a facet of ones gender identity, or have other meanings.
Dead name: The birth name of somebody who has changed their name. Most commonly attributed to trans people, but can be attributed to any person who has changed their name.
Demigirl: Someone who identifies with being a girl or a woman on some level but not completely.
Demiguy: Someone who identifies with being a boy, guy, or a man on some level but not completely.
Demisexual (noun) an individual who does not experience sexual attraction unless they have formed a strong emotional connection with another individual. Often within a romantic relationship.
Drag: Taking on the appearance and characteristics associated with a certain gender, usually for entertainment purposes and often to expose the humorous and performative elements of gender.
Drag King (noun) someone who performs masculinity theatrically.
Drag Queen (noun) someone who performs femininity theatrically.
Dyadic: Adjective, refers to non-intersex people.
Dyke (noun) a term referring to a masculine presenting lesbian. While often used derogatorily, it can is adopted affirmatively by many lesbians (and not necessarily masculine ones) as a positive self-identity term.
Dysphoria: Unhappiness with all or some gendered aspects of ones body, or response to social misgendering. Some trans people experience dysphoria, some dont.
Emotional/Spiritual Attraction (noun) an affinity for someone that evokes the want to engage in emotional intimate behavior (e.g., sharing, confiding, trusting, interdepending), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-non, to intense). Often conflated with romantic attraction and sexual attraction.
FAAB/AFAB: Assigned female at birth and female assigned at birth respectively. These terms refer to what gender you were assigned at birth (in this case female, thus you are expected to be a girl/woman), and are important because many trans people use them as a way to talk about their gender identity without being pinned down to more essentialist narratives about their sex or what gender they used to be.
Fag(got) (noun) derogatory term referring to a gay person, or someone perceived as queer. Occasionally used as an self-identifying affirming term by some gay men to honor the burning times.
Female bodied: A term for someone assigned female at birth. Though still occasionally used this term is very problematic as it genders bodies non-consensually and plays into cissexism (in that breasts or a vulva, for example, are considered inherently female).
Feminine Presenting; Masculine Presenting (adj) a way to describe someone who expresses gender in a more feminine or masculine way, for example in their hair style, demeanor, clothing choice, or style. Not to be confused with Feminine of Center and Masculine of Center, which often includes a focus on identity as well as expression.
Feminine of Center; Masculine of Center (adj) a word that indicates a range of terms of gender identity and gender presentation for folks who present, understand themselves, relate to others in a more feminine/masculine way. Feminine of center individuals may also identify as femme, submissive, transfeminine, or more; masculine of center individuals may also often identity as butch, stud, aggressive, boi, transmasculine, or more.
Femme (noun & adj) someone who identifies themselves as feminine, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally. Often used to refer to a feminine-presenting queer woman .
Fluid(ity) (adj) generally with another term attached, like gender-fluid or fluid-sexuality, fluid(ity) describes an identity that may change or shift over time between or within the mix of the options available (e.g., man and woman, bi and straight).
Full Time: Living as and attempting to pass as your true gender identity 100% of the time. This term is problematic to some because it can put a lot of the focus on the physical aspects of trans identity and ignore the processes many people go through to accept themselves and to come out if they choose to. It is also a term that is getting to be a bit outdated but its still used in some communities.
FTM/F2M/female to male: A term usually synonymous with an abbreviation for female-to-male transgender or transsexual person; but also occasionally used by other FAAB trans people. This term is problematic to some FAAB trans people as they feel they were never female and because X to Y terms can put too much focus on traditional means of physical transition.
Gay (adj) (1) a term used to describe individuals who are primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex and/or gender. More commonly used when referring to males/men-identified ppl who are attracted to males/men-identified ppl, but can be applied to females/women-identified ppl as well. (2) An umbrella term used to refer to the queer community as a whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual.
Gender: A complex combination of roles, expressions, identities, performances, and more that are assigned gendered meaning by a society. Gender is both self-defined and society-defined. How gender is embodied and defined varies from culture to culture and from person to person. Gender is a spectrum rather a binary.
Gender assignment: The gender we are assigned at birth, which is usually based on genitals. It is assumed that our identities should and will match this assignment but this isnt the case for most trans people.
Gender attribution: The act of categorizing people we come into contact with as male, female, or unknown. Gender attribution is questionable because it can lead to misgendering people unintentionally because one can never know a persons gender identity just by looking at them.
Gender Binary (noun) the idea that there are only two genders male/female or man/woman and that a person must be strictly gendered as either/or.
Gender Expansive - Conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system. For the purposes of this report, the term gender-expansive youth is used to identify the 925 survey respondents who identified their gender as transgender or selected the option I prefer to identify my gender as: _____.
Gender Expression (noun) the external display of ones gender, through a combination of dress, demeanor, social behavior, and other factors, generally measured on scales of masculinity and femininity. Also referred to as gender presentation.
Gender Fluid (adj) gender fluid is a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl. A person who is gender fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more man some days, and more woman other days.
Gender fuck: The act of messing with gendered expectations on purpose; the intentional crossing, mixing, and blending of gender-specific signals.
Gender gifted: This term can be used very broadly to include any and all trans and/or gender non-conforming people. It is a celebratory word that highlights how amazing it can be to have a non-normative gender.
Gender Identity (noun) the internal perception of an ones gender, and how they label themselves, based on how much they align or dont align with what they understand their options for gender to be. Common identity labels include man, woman, genderqueer, trans, and more.
Genderless: A term very similar to agender but sometimes with more of a focus on not having a gender.
Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) (adj) someone whose gender presentation, whether by nature or by choice, does not align in a predicted fashion with gender-based expectations.
Gender Normative / Gender Straight (adj) someone whose gender presentation, whether by nature or by choice, aligns with societys gender-based expectations.
Gender neutral pronouns: Pronouns other than the usually gendered he or she. Some examples are ze/hir/hirs, and they/them/their but there are many others.
Gender nonconforming (GNC): Not fully conforming to gendered social expectations, whether that is in terms of expression, roles, or performance.
Gender panic: The fear and revulsion some experience when presented with a person who does not meet their expectations for gender performance, expression, identity, or roles.
Genderqueer (adj) a gender identity label often used by people who do not identify with the binary of man/woman; or as an umbrella term for many gender non-conforming or non-binary identities (e.g., agender, bigender, genderfluid). Genderqueer people may think of themselves as one or more of the following, and they may define these terms differently:
Gender role: Cultural expectations for what people should do with their lives, what activities they should enjoy or excel at, and how they should behave, based on what their gender is.
GSM: An acronym standing for gender and sexuality minorities. GSM is a useful term as it is succinct and it is very inclusive, including people who are gay, queer, bisexual, intersex, pansexual, asexual, lesbians, transgender/trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, kink, polyamorous, and more.
Gender Spectrum Positive - Recognition of gender as a complex aspect of self, influenced by a persons sex, gender expression and gender identity. Each of these dimensions of gender can be represented as a spectrum, rather than binary. The interaction of these three aspects of ones authentic self leads to an infinite set of possibilities in how people can understand and express their own gender, and how others experience it as well.
Gender Transition - The processes by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward manifestations. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as the other gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions. It is also important to note that many people are unable or choose not to transition medically
Gender Variant (adj) someone who either by nature or by choice does not conform to gender-based expectations of society (e.g. transgender, transsexual, intersex, gender-queer, cross-dresser, etc.).
GSRM - stands for "Gender Sexual Romantic Minorities." It is an all-inclusive term for anyone outside of the cisgendered, heterosexual spectrum. As it stands, LGBTQA+ does NOT include everyone which brings about a sense of emnity within our own community.
Gynesexual/Gynephilic (adj; pronounced guy-nuh-seks-shu-uhl) attracted to woman, females, and/or femininity
Harry Benjamin Standards of Care: A set of ethical guidelines published by the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association concerning the care of patients with gender identity disorders. These can be found at: www.wpath.org
Hermaphrodite (or Hermaphroditic) - : An out of date and offensive term for intersex people. Some intersex people may seek to reclaim this term but as a rule, if youre not intersex dont use it.
Heteronormativity (noun) the assumption, in individuals or in institutions, that everyone is heterosexual, and that heterosexuality is superior to all other sexualities. Leads to invisibility and stigmatizing of other sexualities. Often included in this concept is a level of gender normativity and gender roles, the assumption that individuals should identify as men and women, and be masculine men and feminine women, and finally that men and women are a complimentary pair.
Heterosexism (noun) behavior that grants preferential treatment to heterosexual people, reinforces the idea that heterosexuality is somehow better or more right than queerness, or makes other sexualities invisible
Heterosexual (adj) a person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex. Also known as straight.
Homophobia (noun) an umbrella term for a range of negative attitudes (e.g., fear, anger, intolerance, resentment, erasure, or discomfort) that one may have towards members of LGBTQ community. The term can also connote a fear, disgust, or dislike of being perceived as LGBTQ. The term is extended to bisexual and transgender people as well; however, the terms biphobia and transphobia are used to emphasize the specific biases against individuals of bisexual and transgender communities.
Homosexual (adj) a [medical] term used to describe a person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex/gender. This term is considered stigmatizing due to its history as a category of mental illness, and is discouraged for common use (use gay or lesbian instead).
Intergender: Those who feel their gender identity is between man and woman, both man and woman, or outside of the binary of man and woman. It is sometimes used by intersex people who are also non-binary.
Intersex (noun) someone whose combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, and genitals differs from the two expected patterns of male or female. In the medical care of infants the initialism DSD (Differing/Disorders of Sex Development). Formerly known as hermaphrodite (or hermaphroditic), but these terms are now considered outdated and derogatory.
Lesbian (noun) a term used to describe women attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other women.
LGBTQ / GSM / DSG / + (noun) initialisms used as shorthand or umbrella terms for all folks who have a non-normative (or queer) gender or sexuality, there are many different initialisms people prefer. LGBTQ is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (sometimes people at a + at the end in an effort to be more inclusive); GSM is Gender and Sexual Minorities; DSG is Diverse Genders and Sexualities. Other popular options include the initialism GLBT and the acronym QUILTBAG (Queer [or Questioning] Undecided Intersex Lesbian Trans* Bisexual Asexual [or Allied] and Gay [or Genderqueer]).
Lipstick Lesbian (noun) Usually refers to a lesbian with a feminine gender expression. Can be used in a positive or a derogatory way. Is sometimes also used to refer to a lesbian who is assumed to be (or passes for) straight.
MAAB AMAB: Assigned male at birth and male assigned at birth respectively. These terms refer to what gender you were assigned at birth (in this case male, thus you are expected to be a boy/man), and are important because many trans people use them as a way to talk about their gender identity without being pinned down to more essentialist narratives about their sex or what gender they used to be.
Male bodied: A term for someone assigned male at birth. Though still occasionally used this term is very problematic as it genders bodies non-consensually and plays into cissexism (in that a flat chest or a penis, for example, are considered inherently male).
Masculine of Center (adj) a word that indicates a range personal understanding both in terms of gender identity and gender presentation of lesbian/queer women who present, understand themselves, relate to others in a more masculine way. These individuals may also often identity as butch, stud, aggressive, boi, trans-masculine among other identities.
Metrosexual (noun & adj) a man with a strong aesthetic sense who spends more time, energy, or money on his appearance and grooming than is considered gender normative.
Misgender: The act of attributing a person to a gender with which they do not identify (i.e. if a person was to call another person a man but they were non-binary). Misgendering people can be minimized by trying to not practice gender attribution and by asking people their pronouns when appropriate.
MOGII - stands for Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identities, and Intersex. No need to label everyone, because everyone is included. Panromantic? Marginalized orientation. Demiboy? Marginalized gender identity. We're all covered, everyone is welcome, no one is ignored or left out, and no arguing over what each letter stands for. Done. However... while most people know what LGBT+ and its incarnations mean and represent, not so many outside of the community know what MOGII means. So if you're trying to reach a wide audience who may not know much about our community, you may be better off sticking with LGBT+friends for now, even though MOGII is more inclusive and much more fun to say. (Note: MOGII replaces the word "Identities" with "Alingnment.) See more here.
MSM / WSW (noun) initialisms for men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women, to distinguish sexual behaviors from sexual identities (e.g., because a man is straight, it doesnt mean hes not having sex with men). Often used in the field of HIV/Aids education, prevention, and treatment.
MtF / M2F male to female (adj) A term usually synonymous with trans woman but also occasionally used by other MAAB trans people. This term is problematic to some MAAB trans people as they feel they were never male and because Y to X terms can put too much focus on traditional means of physical transition.
Mx. (typically pronounced mix) is an title (e.g. Mr., Ms., etc.) that is gender neutral. It is often the option of choice for folks who do not identify within the cisgender binary.
Neutrois: This is an identity generally having to do with feeling one does not have a gender, a gender identity, or a defined gender. Some people who identify as neutrois also identify as agender or genderless, and some neutrois people desire to minimize their physical gender markers and to have a more gender-neutral appearance.
Non-binary: Non-binary people are those who identify as a gender that is neither man nor woman or who are not men or women exclusively. Non-binary can refer to a specific gender identity or it can function as an umbrella term which can include (though not always) people who are genderqueer, agender, bigender, neutrois, and others.
Outing (verb) involuntary or unwanted disclosure of another persons sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. You should never out someone without their consent.
Pangender - someone whose identity is comprised of all or many gender identities and expressions.
Pansexual (adj) a person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions
Passing (verb) (1) a term for trans* people being accepted as, or able to pass for, a member of their self-identified gender/sex identity (regardless of birth sex). (2) An LGB/queer individual who can or is believed to be or perceived as straight.When used by trans people it can either mean that one is being read as the gender they identify as or that one is being read as cisgender. For example, a trans man who people read as a man, most likely a cis man.
Pedophile - a person who is sexually attracted to children. Pedophilia (alternatively spelt paedophilia) is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children. Although girls typically begin the process of puberty at age 10 or 11, and boys at age 11 or 12, criteria for pedophilia extend the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13. A person must be at least 16 years old, and at least five years older than the prepubescent child, for the attraction to be diagnosed as pedophilia.
Polyamory/Polyamorous (noun/adj) refers to the practice of, desire to, or orientation towards having ethically, honest, consensually non-monogamous relationships (i.e. relationships that may include multiple partners). This may include open relationships, polyfidelity (which involves more than two people being in romantic and/or sexual relationships which is not open to additional partners), amongst many other set ups. Some poly(amorous) people have a primary relationship or relationship(s) and then secondary relationship(s) which may indicate different allocations of resources, time, or priority.
Preferred pronouns: The pronouns one prefers to be called, whether they be he, she, they, it, ze, ey, or any other. It is preferable to always ask someone their preferred pronouns if possible, and to not make assumptions about a persons pronouns. Always be sure to respect a persons preferred pronouns, use them, and apologize if you slip up.
Pre-op/post-op/non-op: These terms refer to what gender-related surgeries a person has had, plans to have, or does not want to have. Pre-op (pre-operative) means the person plans to or wants to have some form of gender-related surgery but has not yet, post-op means they already have had some form of gender-related surgery, and non-op refers to trans people who do not desire any gender-related surgeries. These terms should not be used to define a trans person nor should they be applied to trans people without their consent.
Questioning (verb, adjective) an individual who is unsure about or is exploring their own sexual orientation or gender identity.
QPOC - Queer People of Color
Romantic Attraction (noun) an affinity for someone that evokes the want to engage in relational intimate behavior (e.g., flirting, dating, marriage), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-non, to intense). Often conflated with sexual attraction or emotional/spiritual attraction.
Same Gender Loving / SGL (adj) a term sometimes used by members of the African-American / Black community to express an alternative sexual orientation without relying on terms and symbols of European descent.
Sex: A medical term designating a certain combination of gonads, chromosomes, external gender organs, secondary sex characteristics and hormonal balances. A binary system (man/woman) set by the medical establishment, usually based on genitals and sometimes chromosomes. Because this is usually divided into male and female this category ignores the existence of intersex bodies. See intersex.
Sexual Attraction (noun) an affinity for someone that evokes the want to engage in physical intimate behavior (e.g., kissing, touching, intercourse), experienced in varying degrees (from little-to-non, to intense). Often conflated with romantic attraction or emotional/spiritual attraction.
Sexual Orientation (noun) the type of sexual, romantic, emotional/spiritual attraction one feels for others, often labeled based on the gender relationship between the person and the people they are attracted to (often mistakenly referred to as sexual preference) Gender identity and sexual orientation may affect one another but they are not the same. The term transgender does not refer to sexual orientation; it refers to gender identity and/or expression.
Sexual Preference (1) the types of sexual intercourse, stimulation, and gratification one likes to receive and participate in. (2) Generally when this term is used, it is being mistakenly interchanged with sexual orientation, creating an illusion that one has a choice (or preference) in who they are attracted to
Sex Reassignment Surgery / SRS A term used by some medical professionals to refer to a group of surgical options that alter a persons biological sex. Gender confirmation surgery is considered by many to be a more affirming term. In most cases, one or multiple surgeries are required to achieve legal recognition of gender variance. Some refer to different surgical procedures as top surgery and bottom surgery to discuss what type of surgery they are having without having to be more explicit.
Skoliosexual (adj) attracted to genderqueer and transsexual people and expressions (people who dont identify as cisgender)
Stealth: To be stealth is to live as the gender you identify as but to not be out as trans, in affect it means passing as cisgender. Often people go stealth for safety reasons or so that they can have things like job and home security, something a lot of trans people dont have.
Stud (noun) an term most commonly used to indicate a Black/African-American and/or Latina masculine lesbian/queer woman. Also known as butch or aggressive.
Third Gender (noun) a term for a person who does not identify with either man or woman, but identifies with another gender. This gender category is used by societies that recognise three or more genders, both contemporary and historic, and is also a conceptual term meaning different things to different people who use it, as a way to move beyond the gender binary. Stealth: To be stealth is to live as the gender you identify as but to not be out as trans, in affect it means passing as cisgender. Often people go stealth for safety reasons or so that they can have things like job and home security, something a lot of trans people dont have. However its important not to erase the multitudes of genders present in the world.
Top Surgery (noun) This term can refer to any gender-related surgery dealing with a persons chest such as breast implants, mastectomies, and breast reduction surgeries. This term is more commonly associated with mastectomy procedures however.
Tranny: A derogatory term used against trans women and some other MAAB trans people. Some MAAB trans people are interested in reclaiming this word but as a general rule, if youre not MAAB and trans, dont use it.
Trans: Similar to transgender, the asterisk is meant to show a more inclusive attitude towards the multitude of people under the transgender umbrella.
Transfeminine: Usually a MAAB trans person who identifies more with a female and/or feminine identity/experience. This word is also sometimes used as an umbrella term for most or all MAAB trans people, however this is problematic as not all MAAB trans people are feminine identified.
Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression does not match the gender they were assigned at birth. Transgender can include transsexuals, cross dressers, drag kings/queens, masculine women, feminine men, and all those who defy what society tells them their gender should be.
Transition: To transition can mean a lot of things but a broad definition is the process trans people may go through to become comfortable in terms of their gender. Transitioning may include social, physical, mental, and emotional components and may not fit into the narrative we are used to seeing. Transition may or may not include things like changing ones name, taking hormones, having surgery, changing legal documents to reflect ones gender identity, coming out to loved ones, dressing as one chooses, and accepting oneself among many other things. Transition in an individual process.
Trans man: A man who was assigned female at birth.
Transmasculine: Usually a FAAB trans person who identifies more with a male and/or masculine identity/experience. This word is also sometimes used as an umbrella term for most or all FAAB trans people, however this is problematic as not all FAAB trans people are masculine identified.
Transmisogyny: Originally coined by the author Julia Serano, this term highlights the intersectionality of misogyny and transphobia and how they are often experienced as a dual form of oppression by trans women and some other MAAB trans people. · Transphobia: The fear or hatred of trans people or those perceived as such.
Trans woman: A woman who was assigned male at birth.
Trans*/Transgender (adj) (1) An umbrella term covering a range of identities that transgress socially defined gender norms. Trans with an * is often used to indicate that you are referring to the larger group nature of the term. (2) A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on sex assigned at birth.
Transition(ing) (noun & verb) this term is primarily used to refer to the process a trans* person undergoes when changing their bodily appearance either to be more congruent with the gender/sex they feel themselves to be and/or to be in harmony with their preferred gender expression.
Transman ; Transwoman (noun) An identity label sometimes adopted by female-to-male transgender people or transsexuals to signify that they are men while still affirming their history as assigned female sex at birth. (sometimes referred to as transguy) (2) Identity label sometimes adopted by male-to-female transsexuals or transgender people to signify that they are women while still affirming their history as assigned male sex at birth.
Transphobia (noun) the fear of, discrimination against, or hatred of trans* people, the trans* community, or gender ambiguity. Transphobia can be seen within the queer community, as well as in general society.
Transsexual (noun & adj) a person who identifies psychologically as a gender/sex other than the one to which they were assigned at birth. Transsexuals often wish to transform their bodies hormonally and surgically to match their inner sense of gender/sex.
Transvestite (noun) a person who dresses as the binary opposite gender expression (cross-dresses) for any one of many reasons, including relaxation, fun, and sexual gratification (often called a cross-dresser, and should not be confused with transsexual). This term is usually derogatory and isnt preferred by most people today.
Two-Spirit (noun) is an umbrella term traditionally used by Native American people to recognize individuals who possess qualities or fulfill roles of both genders: A modern umbrella term used to recognize gender diversity and gender variance within different Native American tribes.
Uranian (from Ancient Greek ?f??d?t? ??????a; Aphrodite Urania) is a historical term for homosexual men. The word was also used as an adjective in association with male homosexuality or inter-male attraction regardless of sexual orientation
Ze / Hir alternate pronouns that are gender neutral and preferred by some trans* people. Pronounced /zee/ and /here/ they replace he and she and his and hers respectively. Alternatively some people who are not comfortable/do not embrace he/she use the plural pronoun they/their as a gender neutral singular pronoun.
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