Glossary of English gender and sex terminology

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This glossary of English gender and sex terminology shows actual language use. Unless a word is marked with a specific country, assume all these words may be used internationally, in any country where English is spoken.

This could be called a LGBT glossary. This glossary's selection of words has a focus on subjects of gender non-conformity related to nonbinary gender. However, this page leaves out most entries that would be redundant with other glossaries in this wiki: the list of nonbinary identities, gender neutral language in English, English neutral pronouns, and gender neutral titles articles. This glossary also collects words about gender and sexuality, especially words used by or in reference to LGBT and other identities in the MOGII (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex) spectrum, as these provide essential context, and often have an overlap with the main subject. The glossary includes psychiatric terminology as well as subcultural slang, and obsolete historical terms as well as very new words (neologisms). The words cover identity labels, gender-neutral pronouns, diagnoses, and political issues.

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A

  • ace. Short for asexual, which see.[1]
  • ag, aggressive. Another word for stud, which see. This label should only be used by people of color.[2]
  • AGAB. Assigned Gender At Birth. Most people are either Assigned Female At Birth (AFAB) or Assigned Male At Birth (AMAB).
  • AGP. Short for autogynephilia, which see.[3]
  • AFAB. See AGAB.
  • AMAB. See AGAB.
  • androphilic. A romantic or sexual orientation in which a person feels attraction to men or masculinity.[4]
  • aromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person doesn't feel romantic attraction to people of any gender.[5]
  • asexuality. A sexual orientation in which a person doesn't feel sexual attraction to anyone.
  • autoandrophilia. To feel sexually aroused by the thought of being or dressing like a man. Some see this as an offensive word.[3]
  • autogynephilia. To feel sexually aroused by the thought of being or dressing like a woman. Some see this as an offensive word, because it pathologizes and invalidates the experiences of trans women in an attempt to divide them from cross-dressing men.[3]

B

  • berdache. An old word used by European-American people and anthropologists for gender-variant roles in Native American cultures, now called Two-Spirit.
  • bi. Short for bisexual, which see.
  • bicurious. A person who wants to have sex with more than one gender.[2]
  • binarism. Discrimination against ethnic groups and cultures that recognize non-binary genders, based on the sexist belief that there are only two genders (nonbinary erasure).
  • binary gender. Either gender identity that fits neatly into only one of the two genders in a gender binary system. The two binary genders are female and male.
  • binder. An undergarment that a person can wear to make their chest look flat. Transgender men wear these so they have a male body shape, if they haven't had surgery to that effect. Some non-binary people wear these to flatten breast tissue.
  • biological boy. A less correct term for an AMAB person, which see.
  • biological girl. A less correct term for an AFAB person, which see.
  • biphobia. Discrimination against people who are bisexual.[6]
  • biromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantic attraction to more than one gender.[5]
  • bisexuality. 1. (Obsolete) Intersexuality.[7] 2. A sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction to two genders. It's debated what this means for non-binary gender identities.
  • boi. From "boy." A gender identity that is masculine and queer. Beyond that, the specific definition varies greatly across the LGBT community.[8]
  • bottom. A person who takes a submissive role in sexual activity.
  • bottom surgery. In the transgender community, euphemism for any gender-validating surgery on a transgender person's reproductive organs or genitals.
  • boydyke. A person who identifies as a lesbian woman, and has a masculine gender expression.[9]
  • butch. A masculine gender identity or expression, which some see as a non-binary gender.

C

  • CAFAB. See CAGAB.
  • CAGAB. Coercively Assigned Gender At Birth. People are either Coercively Assigned Female At Birth (CAFAB) or male (CAMAB). Unlike AGAB (which see), people who choose to use CAGAB to refer to themselves emphasize that the gender was assigned against their will, and implies the process was abusive. The process may involve conversion therapy (which see), and/or non-consensual surgery or hormone therapy (particularly on intersex children).
  • CAMAB. See CAGAB.
  • chapstick lesbian. A lesbian who doesn't try to look feminine.[10]
  • cisgender. From Latin cis "on the same side of" + "gender," "coined in 1995 by a transsexual man named Carl Buijs."[11] The Latin prefix cis is the opposite of the Latin prefix trans ("to the other side of"). A person who isn't transgender is cisgender. Non-transgender.
  • cissexism. A form of sexism, specifically, a way of thought in which only cisgender people are seen as normal or right. Cissexism is harmful to all kinds of transgender people, including non-binary people.
  • cissexual. Non-transsexual. A kind of cisgender.[12]
  • closet. To be "in the closet" means that a person is keeping their gender identity and/or sexual orientation a secret.
  • come out. "To recognize one's sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex identity, and to be open about it with oneself and with others."[6]
  • contrasexism. An early clinical term for a “gender identity and role disturbance” used in Westphal, 1869.[13]
  • conversion therapy. Psychological treatment or spiritual counseling intended to change someone who is on the LGBT spectrum to being cisgender and heterosexual. It has been criticised by health organisations for using abusive tactics. Conversion therapy is still practiced at this time in the USA and other countries, particularly on children.
  • cross-dreamer. Coined by cross-dreamer Jack Molay.[3] Someone who feels sexually aroused by the thought of being a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth. They may or may not cross-dress or consider themselves transgender.[14]
  • cross-dresser. "Someone who wears clothes associated with another gender part of the time."[6] A cross-dresser may consider themself to be cisgender or transgender.

D

  • demiromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantic attraction only after getting to know someone.[5]
  • DGAB. Short for Designated Gender At Birth. Most people are either Designated Female At Birth (DFAB) or Designated Male At Birth (DMAB).
  • DFAB. See DGAB.
  • Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Any kind of intersex condition.
  • DMAB. See DGAB.
  • domestic partner. "One who lives with their beloved and/or is at least emotionally and financially connected in a supportive manner with another. Another word for spouse, lover, significant other, etc."[6]
  • Drag. A gender expression that is exaggerated for theatrical performance. Although usually cross-gender, and associated with the gay and lesbian communities, drag of any kind can be done by a person of any gender identity or sexual orientation. Drag kings make a performance out of masculinity. Drag queens make a performance out of femininity.
  • DSD. See Disorders of Sex Development.
  • dyadic. A person whose body is not intersex.
  • dyadism. The sexist belief that humans have only two sexes, either female or male, resulting in discrimination against intersex people.
  • dyke. A lesbian. Some consider "dyke" an offensive word, so only lesbians should reclaim it.

E

  • effeminate. A feminine man. Some see this as an offensive word.[3]
  • emasculation. A surgery to take away the penis and testicles.
  • enban. Created in the "askanonbinary" blog in 2014, based on the word "enby", which see. A proper noun for a non-binary adult person. A non-binary equivalent of a man or woman. Another blogger, coderqueer, then offered the spelling variant "enbian."[15]
  • enbian. 1. An enban, which see. 2. Of or pertaining to non-binary gender.
  • enbies. See enby.
  • enby. Created in 2013 by a non-binary person named vector (revolutionator).[16] Based on an initialism of "non-binary," "NB". A proper noun for a person with a non-binary gender identity. This is the nonbinary gender equivalent of the proper nouns "boy" or "girl." Plural: enbies.
  • enbyfriend. Coined by Tumblr user Pansycub in 2013, based on the word "enby," which see. A nonbinary gender romantic partner. The nonbinary gender equivalent of a boyfriend or girlfriend.[17]
  • en femme. In cross-dressing communities, this means dressed as a woman.[18]
  • en homme. In cross-dressing communities, this means dressed as a man.
  • eonism. Apparently this was an earlier clinical term for a "gender identity and role disturbance" used by "Ellis, 1936."[13]
  • epicene. Having a lack of gender distinction.
  • eunuch. A person who was assigned male at birth and had some or all of their private parts removed. Some transgender people think of themselves as eunuchs. Some think of eunuch as a non-binary gender identity.[19]

F

  • FAAB. See GAAB.
  • female. Anyone with a female gender identity is female. Regardless of what gender she was assigned at birth, or what kind of body parts she has or wants to have, if she identifies as female, then she is a woman or girl.
  • female to male transsexual (FTM). A trans man. This term was coined by trans man Lou Sullivan, "in response to the custom of medical doctors and psychologists labeling us 'female transsexuals.'"[20] FTM can also mean nonbinary people who transition in a way similar to trans men, and describe themselves as being on the FTM spectrum. Abbreviated FTM, F2M.
  • femme, fem. A queer feminine gender identity or expression, which some see as a non-binary gender.
  • fluid gender. A gender identity that changes.
  • FT*. Female to unspecified transgender. This term includes all transgender people who were assigned female at birth.
  • FTM. Female-to-male transsexual (or transgender), which see.
  • FTN. Female-to-neuter (or neutrois) transsexual (or transgender).[4]

G

  • GAAB. Gender Assigned At Birth. Most people are either Assigned Female At Birth (FAAB) or Assigned Male At Birth (MAAB). See also: AGAB, CAGAB, DGAB.
  • gaff. An undergarment that helps with tucking, which see.
  • gatekeeper system. In the transgender community, this is slang for the system of health providers that decide whether to allow a transgender person to get gender-validating health care.[1]
  • gay. "Men attracted to men. Colloquially used as an umbrella term to include all LGBTIQ people."[6]
  • gender binary. A model of gender that classifies all people into one of two genders, female or male.
  • gender dissonance. Gender dysphoria, which see.
  • gender dysphoria. A clinical term. In transgender people, emotionally painful discontent about some aspect of one's assigned gender. The aspect in question may be social gender dysphoria, body dysphoria, or other specific details, such as voice dysphoria. Some prefer the less clinical term "gender dissonance."
  • gender expression. "The way in which a person expresses their gender identity through clothing, behavior, posture, mannerisms, speech patterns, activities and more."[6]
  • genderfuck. A gender expression that intentionally mixes feminine gender markers with masculine.
  • gender identity. "An individual’s internal sense of gender, which may or may not be the same as one’s gender assigned at birth."[6] Most people identify as the gender that they were assigned at birth. They are described as 'cisgender' by the transgender community, who do not identify with their assigned birth genders.
  • Gender Identity Disorder (GID). "The medical diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostics and Statistics Manual IV (DSM4) used to describe a person who experiences significant gender dysphoria (lack of identification with one’s sex and/or gender assigned at birth)."[6] The current version of the manual, DSM5, no longer includes an entry for GID, and instead only has an entry for "gender dysphoria," based on the idea that being trans or gender-variant is not inherently a mental illness, but that those who experience psychological distress from being trans (gender dysphoria) may want psychological and medical help for dealing with it.
  • gender incongruence. "Gender Incongruence was a proposed term for replacement of gender identity disorder in diagnosing transsexualism in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The term Gender Dysphoria was chosen as the replacement."[21]
  • genderism. "The system of belief that there are only two genders (men and women) and that gender is inherently tied to one’s sex assigned at birth. It holds cisgender people as superior to transgender people, and punishes or excludes those who don't conform to society’s expectations of gender."[6]
  • gender non-conformity (GNC). Regardless of gender identity or whether one is cisgender or transgender, resistance to conforming to a female or male gender expression.
  • gender-play. Proposed by Raphael Carter in 1996 or earlier as an alternative word for genderfuck,[7] which see.
  • gender presentation. All the signs of a person's gender that other people can see.[22]
  • gender role. A society's norms for how to divide labor by gender.
  • gender variant, or gender variance. Gender expression that is different from Western cultural norms. Can mean gender non-conforming and/or transgender, as well as some non-Western gender roles.[23]
  • genetic boy. A less correct term for an AMAB person, which see.
  • genetic girl. A less correct term for an AFAB person, which see.
  • GID. See Gender Identity Disorder.
  • GLBT. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.
  • gray-aromantic, or grey-aromantic. A romantic orientation that partly lacks romantic attraction to people of any gender.[5]
  • gray-asexual, or grey-asexual. A sexual orientation that partly lacks sexual attraction to people of any gender.[5]
  • gynephilic. A romantic or sexual orientation in which a person feels attraction to women or femininity.[4]

H

  • hermaphrodite. An old word for a person with an intersex condition. Some see this word as offensive, and therefore only intersex people can reclaim this word. Non-intersex people shouldn't use this word.
  • he-she or heshe. An offensive word for a transgender woman. Only trans women can reclaim it. Other people shouldn't use it.
  • heteroromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantically attracted to people of a different gender than their own.[5]
  • heterosexism. A sexist way of thought in which only heterosexuality is seen as normal, resulting in discrimination against people of other sexual orientations.[6]
  • homoromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantically attracted to people of the same gender as themself.[5]
  • hypersexual. Having a highly active sex drive.[5]
  • hyposexual. Having a sex drive that isn't very active, and contented with that situation.[5]

I

  • interdressing. Coined by Deird Duncan in 2000. Non-binary gender expression in clothing, possibly without any intention to be thought of as any particular gender.[24]
  • intergender. A certain nonbinary gender identity in between female and male. In the 1990s, this was an identity label that any person could use, even if they were born with non-intersex (dyadic) bodies,[25] but others say it should only be used by people who were born with intersex bodies.[26]
In 2013, the Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia created this intersex pride flag. The circle symbolizes wholeness. The colors aren't derivatives of pink (female) or blue (male).
  • intersex. 1. (obsolete) Homosexual.[7] 2. Intersex people have some aspect of their sex that is inconsistent with conventional ideas of male and female sex, in their primary or secondary sexual characteristics, hormones, or chromosomes.
  • institutional oppression. "Arrangement of a society used to benefit one group at the expense of another through the use of language, media education, religion, economics, etc."[6]
  • internalized oppression. "The process by which an oppressed person comes to believe, accept, or live out the inaccurate stereotypes and misinformation about their group."[6]
  • inversion. An early clinical term for "gender identity and role disturbance." Early psychologists used the word "invert" for gay, lesbian, and transgender people, all alike.[13]
  • invisible minority. "A group whose minority status is not always immediately visible, such as some disabled people and LGBTIQ people. This lack of visibility may make organizing for rights difficult."[6]

L

LGBT rainbow flag, representing diversity, based on the one designed in 1978.
  • lesbian. A person who identifies as a woman, who is romantically or sexually attracted only to women.
  • LGBT. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
  • LGBTQ. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
  • LGBTIQAP. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, and pansexual/polysexual.
  • LGBTQQIA. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual.
  • lipstick lesbian. A lesbian with a feminine gender expression.[27]

M

  • MAAB. See GAAB.
  • male. Anyone with a male gender identity is male. Regardless of what gender he was assigned at birth, or what kind of body parts he has or wants to have, if he identifies as male, then he is a man or boy.
  • male to female transsexual (MTF). A trans woman.
Maverique flag, by Vesper H., 2014. Yellow: nonbinary, not derived from female (pink) or male (blue), but its own (yellow, a primary color can't come from any color mix). White: independence from the spectrum of other genders (colors). Orange: inner conviction.[28][29]
  • metamorph. "A term used by some people (who choose not to identify as transsexuals) to express their belief they are not changing their gender, but changing their body to reflect their inner feelings and gender identity."[9]
  • metamorphosis sexualis paranoica. Apparently this is an earlier clinical term for a "gender identity and role disturbance" used by "Hirschfeld, 1922."[13]
  • misdirected misogyny. Misogyny that ends up doing harm even to people who don't identify as women.
  • misgender. To address someone in a way that contradicts their gender identity. This can be accidental, but if intentional, it can be an example of discrimination against transgender people (cissexism).[30]
  • MSM. Men who have sex with men. This term means that they don't necessarily identify as gay or bisexual.
  • MT*. Male to unspecified trans spectrum. This term includes all trans people who were assigned male at birth.
  • MTF. Male-to-female trans spectrum. A trans woman, or someone in a similar transition spectrum.
  • MTN. Male-to-neuter (or neutrois) trans spectrum.

N

  • natal sex. See gender assigned at birth.[1]
  • nonlibidoist. A person who doesn't have a sex drive, and feels contented with that situation.[5]
  • non-op. A trans person who hasn't gotten surgery, and won't get it.

O

  • omniromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantic attraction to all genders.[5]
  • omnisexual. A sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual orientation to all genders of consenting adults.[5]
  • orchiectomy, or orchi. A kind of genital surgery.
  • out. If someone is said to be out, that means they are open about their LGBT identity. If someone is said to have been outed, that means that their LGBT identity was made public by someone else, against their will.[2]

P

  • packer. An artificial soft penis. Many transgender people on the female-to-male spectrum wear these in their clothes as part of making a more male body shape, so that men's-style clothing will fit right.
  • panromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantic attraction to all genders.[5]
  • pansexuality. A sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction to all genders.
  • paranoia transsexualis. Apparently this was an earlier clinical term for a "gender identity and role disturbance" used by "Pauly, 1965."[13]
  • passing. When a person is seen by others as other than the gender they were assigned at birth. Some transgender people dislike this word, saying it gives the idea that they are being dishonest, when they are trying to be seen as they really are.[31]
  • polyamory. A long-term romantic/sexual relationship that can be between more than two people, all of whom consent to the arrangement.[5]
  • polyromantic. A romantic orientation in which a person feels romantic attraction to many genders.[5]
  • polysexuality. A sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction to two or more genders.[5]
  • post-op. A trans person who has gotten surgery.
  • PPM. Created by Rabbit KM in 2015. Person perceived as a man, or people perceived as men. These are people who are usually seen and treated as men, but who don't identify as male. For example, masculine nonbinary people, and some trans women. This term is useful for people who often get misgendered.[32]
  • PPW. Created by Rabbit KM in 2015. Person perceived as a woman, or people perceived as women. These are people who are usually seen and treated as women, but who don't identify as female. For example, feminine nonbinary people, and some trans men. This term is useful for people who often get misgendered.[32]
  • pre-op. A trans person who hasn't gotten surgery yet, and may or may not plan to do so.
  • presentation. "The totality of one’s appearance, including attire, voice, behavior, body language, etc."[9]
  • psychopathia transsexualis. Apparently this was an earlier clinical term for a "gender identity and role disturbance" used by "Cauldwell, 1949."[13]
  • psychosexual inversion. Apparently this was an earlier clinical term for a "gender identity and role disturbance" used by "Pauly, 1956."[13]
  • pumping. A body modification to the phallus, common as part of the transition of trans people in the female-to-male spectrum.

Q

  • queer. A reclaimed slur for the LGBT+ community, and an umbrella term for identities that are not heterosexual and/or not cisgender. Some people use this as the name for their nonbinary gender identity.
  • questioning. A situation in which a person's gender identity and/or sexual orientation aren’t known to them yet, and they are still trying to figure out what they really are.
  • QUILTBAG. An alternative name for the LGBT+ community, standing for "queer, undecided, intersex, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, asexual, gay."

R

  • read. Slang in the wider transgender community. 1. To get read means that someone has guessed what gender one was assigned at birth, when one was trying to keep that a secret.[33] 2. How a person's gender is read means how one's gender is seen by others. This is regardless of that person's assigned gender at birth, or their intended gender presentation.

S

  • same-gender loving. A term that homosexual and bisexual people of color made for themselves.[9]
  • secondary sex characteristics. "Physical characteristics that emerge with the onset of puberty, including but not limited to: facial and body hair growth, muscle development, voice changes, breast development, and the ability to reproduce."[9]
  • sex identity. 1. How a person thinks of the sex of their own body.[2] "The sex that a person sees themselves as. This can include refusing to label oneself with a sex."[6] 2. The category of sex that others put a person's body into.[1]
  • sex reassignment surgery (SRS). "A term used by some medical professionals to refer to a group of surgical options that alter a person’s sex to match their sex identity."[6]
  • she-male. An offensive word for a transgender woman. This word should be reclaimed only by trans women. Other people shouldn't use it.
  • sissy. From "sister." An offensive word for a feminine boy. Also, a trans-feminine sexual identity.[34]
  • skoliosexual. A sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction to people with non-binary genders.[3] Some dislike this word due to its etymology.
  • SOFFA. Short for Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies. This means people who aren't LGBT, but who care about and help LGBT people.[1]
  • stealth. In the transgender community, this means that a transgender person is living so that other people see them as the gender they want to be, while keeping it a secret that they are transgender.[35] Transgender women and transgender can be closeted, out, or stealth. In a culture that doesn't recognize non-binary genders, it is impossible to be a stealth non-binary person, because that society has no non-binary role to enter. In that situation, the only two options are to be closeted (you make sure nobody knows you're nonbinary) or out (you make sure everybody knows you're nonbinary, which isn't stealth).
  • stem. "A person whose gender expression falls somewhere between a stud and a femme."[2]
  • stone. A certain queer sexual identity. Specific kinds include stone butch and stone femme. Some see these as non-binary genders.
  • stud. "An African-American and/or Latina masculine lesbian."[2]
  • switch. A person who likes to do a dominant role as well as a submissive role in sexual activities.[2]

T

  • T. In the transgender community, this is short for testosterone, as used in hormone replacement therapy for people on the female-to-male spectrum.
  • TERF. See Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism.
  • TG. Short for transgender.
  • third gender. In anthropology, an umbrella term for ethnic non-cisgender/non-heterosexual gender roles, which may be analagous to transgender and sometimes non-binary genders. Some consider this phrase offensive, and people should reclaim it only with caution.
  • tomboy. A masculine young girl.[36]
  • top surgery. In the transgender community, euphemism for any gender-validating surgery on a transgender person's breasts.
  • tranny. An offensive word for a transgender woman. This word should be reclaimed only by trans women. Other people shouldn't use it.
  • trans. Short for transgender or transsexual.
  • transactivism. The movement for rights for transgender people.[2]
  • Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF), or Trans Women Exclusionary Feminism (TWEF). A particular subgroup of the second-wave radical feminist movement characterized by the belief that only cisgender women are real women, and doing activism that opposes transgender rights. They don't refer to themselves by these terms, but instead may call themselves "trans critical," or simply "radical feminist," though this is not characteristic of radical feminism as a whole.
  • trans feminine. A transgender person who transitions in a feminine direction, but who doesn't necessarily identify as female. They may be nonbinary.
  • trans-feminism, or transfeminism. The creation of this word in the late 1990s is credited to Diana Courvant and Emi Koyama.[37] A feminist movement that takes into account transgender experience and rights.
Transgender flag designed by trans woman Monica Helms in 1999. Stripes for male (blue), female (pink), and other or transitioning (white).
  • transgender. An umbrella term for those with gender identities that don't match the genders they were assigned at birth.
  • transgenderist. Coined by Virginia Charles Prince. A transgender person who has lived full time without wanting surgery, or perhaps without all the same surgeries expected for a transsexual of that gender identity.[38]
  • transition. The process that individuals typically experiencing gender dysphoria go through to reach their desired social gender role, and/or physicality. There is no one definition of transition, as the term is based on the unique requirements of each individual.
  • trans man. The correct term for a transgender person who has a male gender identity.
  • trans masculine. A transgender person who transitions in a masculine direction, but who doesn't necessarily identify as male. They may be nonbinary.
  • transsexual, or transexual. A kind of transgender person who wants to physically transition to a different gender than they were assigned at birth.
  • trans-trender. An offensive word for a transgender person, meaning that the person is only pretending to be transgender in an ill-advised attempt to seem fashionable. This likely never really happens.
  • transvestic fetishism. To feel sexually aroused by dressing as a woman. Some see this as an offensive term, because it pathologizes and invalidates trans women in order to divide them from cross-dressing men.
  • trap. An offensive word for a transgender woman. This word should be reclaimed only by trans women. Other people shouldn't use it.
  • TS. Short for transsexual.
  • tucking. A method that a person can use to hide their penis and testicles, to create a more feminine or androgynous body shape.
  • trans-misogyny. Discrimination and hate crimes against transgender women.
  • transphobia. Discrimination and hate crimes against transgender people.
  • transvestite. Coined by sexologist and openly gay man Magnus Hirschfeld in 1910.[39] A clinical word for a cross-dresser. Some see "transvestite" as an offensive word, so it should be reclaimed with caution. The meaning of this word has changed a lot since it was coined. Some early sources use this word for transgender and transsexual people: "As late as 1951 many clinicians still used the term 'transvestism' to identify patients with profound gender pathology who requested SRS (Hertz et al., 1961)."[13]
  • trans woman. The correct term for a transgender person who has a female gender identity.
  • truscum. In the 2010s, a movement of transsexuals (mostly trans men) who argue that a person is only really trans if they meet the diagnostic criteria of gender dysphoria, because they see transsexuality as only a medical condition.[3] Truscum also believe that people with non-binary genders are pretenders who make true trans people look ridiculous. Because this is a reclaimed slur, people who aren't transgender shouldn't use this word, and should instead say "trans medicalist."
  • tucute. In the 2010s, transgender people reacting to the truscum movement decided to call themselves "tucutes". Tucutes are opposed to dividing the transgender community into "true" and "fake" trans people.
  • Two-spirit. Hundreds of Native American cultures have gender roles in addition to cisgender female and cisgender male. "Two-spirit" is the agreed-upon modern English umbrella term for these gender roles.

W

  • womyn-born womyn. Some groups of cisgender women use this term for themselves to make clear that they are not transgender women. Groups using this term are associated with discrimination against transgender women.[40]
  • WSW. Short for women who have sex with women. They may or may not identify as bisexual or lesbian.[41]

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External links

References

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