Glossary

Here is a glossary of transgender-related terms:

Transgender: An umbrella term that refers to individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Gender Identity: A deeply-felt sense of being male, female, or something outside of the traditional gender binary.

Cisgender: Refers to individuals whose gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Gender Dysphoria: The distress or discomfort experienced by some individuals whose gender identity does not align with their assigned sex at birth.

Transitioning: The process by which individuals change their gender presentation to match their gender identity. This can include social, medical, and/or legal aspects.

Social Transition: The process of publicly presenting and living as one’s identified gender. This may involve changes in clothing, pronoun usage, and name.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): The use of hormones, such as estrogen or testosterone, to align an individual’s secondary sex characteristics with their gender identity.

Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS): Also known as gender-affirming surgery or sex reassignment surgery, it refers to surgical procedures that alter an individual’s physical characteristics to align with their gender identity.

Non-Binary: An umbrella term for individuals who don’t exclusively identify as male or female. Non-binary individuals may identify as both genders, neither gender, or as a different gender entirely.

Genderqueer: A term used by individuals who reject traditional gender identities and express themselves in ways that challenge gender norms.

Gender Expression: The way individuals present their gender to others, which may include clothing, grooming, behavior, and other forms of self-expression.

Pronouns: Words used to refer to individuals in place of their name. Common pronouns include he/him, she/her, and they/them. It is important to respect an individual’s chosen pronouns.

Deadnaming: Refers to the act of using a transgender person’s birth name (assigned at birth) instead of their chosen name. It is considered disrespectful and can be harmful.

Passing: When a transgender person is perceived by others as their identified gender, often aligning with societal expectations of that gender.

Misgendering: Refers to using incorrect pronouns or terms to describe a person’s gender identity. It is important to use the correct gender pronouns and language to affirm a person’s identity.

Gender-Affirming: Describes actions, practices, or policies that support and validate an individual’s gender identity.

Gender Minority: Refers to individuals whose gender identity falls outside the majority perception of male or female.

Gender Marker: A designation on legal documents (such as identification cards or passports) that denotes an individual’s assigned gender.

Ally: A person who supports and advocates for the rights and well-being of transgender individuals. Allies strive to create inclusive and affirming spaces.

Transphobia: Prejudice, discrimination, or bias against transgender individuals based on their gender identity or expression.

Remember that language and terminology can vary, and it’s always essential to listen to individuals and communities to understand their preferred language and definitions.