TRANS & GENDER-DIVERSE LABELS

 

TRANSGENDER PERSON

Someone whose gender identity differs to what they were assigned at birth.

TRANSSEXUAL PERSON

Someone who has changed, or aspires to change, their perceived gender through medical treatments. Or, people who experience a persistent need to transition into another sex. This label is not inherently offensive, but should not be used unless someone identifies with it. I personally identify as both a transgender man and a transsexual man, because I deeply relate to transsexuals like Lou Sullivan, but this is not the case for every trans person.

TRANS

A shorthand for transgender, and sometimes transsexual.

TRANS MAN

A man who was assigned female at birth, but who experiences a male gender.

CISGENDER

Someone whose gender identity matches what they were assigned at birth.

CIS

A shorthand for cisgender.

GENDER DYSPHORIA

A sense of distress, ranging from mild to severe, caused by a misalignment between a person's true gender and their assigned gender.

AFAB

Assigned female at birth.

TRANSMASCULINE

An umbrella term for trans men and AFAB non-binary people who identify with the label. Some butches also consider themselves transmasc. Not all AFAB non-binary people identify as transmasculine, because the centre of their identities may not be masculine; for example, an androgynous agender individual might not feel represented by the label "transmasc".

NON-BINARY

An umbrella term for experiences that are outside of the male/female gender binary. Non-binary can also function as a distinct identity, if someone does not wish to label their gender any further than that.

BROTHERBOY

A Brotherboy is a First Nations person who was assigned female at birth, but who lives their life through their "boy spirit". Brotherboys can be trans men and transmasculine non-binary people, and can have unique genders not experienced by individuals disconnected from First Nations culture. Not all Brotherboys identify with concepts like "binary" and "non-binary". You can read more about Brotherboys here.