Some Gender Language/Terms
||(noun) a person who actively supports and constantly respects members of a particular identification, classification, or group. While the word doesn’t inherently necessitate action, we consider people to be true allies who take action.
|Bigender||(adj) a person who fluctuates between traditionally “woman” and “man” gender-based behavior and identities, identifying with both genders (and sometimes a third gender)
|Biological/Natal 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.”
|Cisgender||(adj; pronounced “siss-jendur”) a person whose gender identity and biological sex assigned at birth align (e.g., man and male-assigned). A simple way to think about it is if a person is not trans*, they are cisgender.|
|Cisnormativeity||(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.|
|Cross Dresser||(noun) someone who wears clothes of another gender/sex. This is an outdated term to most and does not directly or inherently apply to anything related to that person's gender identification.|
|Drag King||(noun) any gender of person who performs masculinity theatrically.|
|Drag Queen||(noun) any gender of person who performs femininity theatrically.|
|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.|
|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).|
|FtM / F2M; MtF / M2F||(adj) abbreviation for female-to-male transgender or transsexual person; abbreviation for male-to-female transgender or transsexual person. (theF0LD is not super into this socially constructed definition...)|
|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 Expression||(noun) the external display of one’s 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 Identity||(noun) the internal perception of an one’s gender, and how they label themselves, based on how much they align or don’t align with what they understand their options for gender to be. Common identity labels include man, woman, genderqueer, trans, and more.|
|Gender Non-Conforming||(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 society’s gender-based expectations.|
|Gender Queer||(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: may combine aspects man and woman and other identities (bigender, pangender); not having a gender or identifying with a gender (genderless, agender); moving between genders (genderfluid); third gender or other-gendered; includes those who do not place a name to their gender having an overlap of, or blurred lines between, gender identity and sexual and romantic orientation.
|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.).|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Two Spirits||(noun) is an umbrella term traditionally used by Native American people to recognize individuals who possess qualities or fulfill roles of both genders|
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.