Trans/trans*/transgender: Preferred term for a gender identity not fully congruent with sex assigned at birth
Transvestite and transsexual: Rarely used now, commonly considered offensive
MTF/transwoman/transfeminine: Male-to-female, someone assigned male at birth but identifying as female
FTM/transman/transmasculine: Female-to-male, someone assigned female at birth but identifying as male
Sex: Assigned at birth based on genitalia; term “assigned sex” is more accurate than “biological sex”
Gender: Social construct, how one identifies and presents oneself
Cisgender: Non-transgender, i.e., having congruent sex and gender
Gender identity/presentation: Different from sexual orientation, how one experiences/demonstrates gender
Gender-nonconforming, non-binary, genderqueer, agender Intersex: Having chromosomes, genitalia, or secondary sex characteristics of both sexes Previously “hermaphrodite”, but this term is inaccurate and is considered offensive
They/them/theirs: Commonly used gender-neutral pronoun
Ze/zir/zirs: One example of an alternative gender-neutral pronoun
HRT: Hormone replacement therapy (especially estrogen for MTF, testosterone for FTM)
Gender confirmation surgery: Used instead of “sex change”, can apply to any relevant surgery
If you’re unsure of someone’s pronoun, ask.
* Recognize that sexual orientation is different from gender identity.
* Do not ask what someone’s “real” name is.
* Do not ask about medical treatments or surgeries they’ve had or plan to have.
* Avoid backhanded compliments or giving tips to help someone “pass”.
* Support gender-neutral bathroom options.
* Speak up when you hear anti-transgender jokes or biases.
Gender Pioneers offers education and training to help make your organization more friendly and accepting for transgender people.
Our Tran* 101 presentation is aimed to be an introduction to the vocabulary used by transgender people, brief explainations of what it means to be a transgender person, and how to make sure your organization, it’s members and representatives know how to be respectful accepting for transgender people. The presentation is also open to questions.
Let us help you take your knowledge one step further with our ally training! Going beyond respectful, allies help positively defend the rights and humanity of transgender people.