Trans Rights Are Human Rights
Trans Rights Are Human Rights

Glossary of Terms

Acquired gender: The gender role that a trans person achieves through the process of transition. It is the legal term in relation to the issuing of a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) which gives a trans person full legal rights in this gender.

Androgyn: A person who does not fit cleanly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society.

Attributed gender: The gender and sex that one is taken to be by others. This is usually an immediate, unconscious categorisation of a person as being a man or a woman, irrespective of their mode of dress.

Bisexual (Bi): Person capable of sexual and/or romantic attachment to person of either gender.

Charing Cross Hospital (CHX): Principal centre in UK for treating Gender Identity Disorder/Transsexuality.

Cisgendered: Person whose gender-presentation matches their birth gender i.e. typical man or woman.

Civil Partnership (CP): Marriage of same sex couples, legal in the UK, those that have transitioned and still with their partner have to annul their marriage and then have a Civil partnership.

Crossdresser (CD): Person who wears the clothing of the opposite gender on a part-time or full time basis.

Drab: Dressed As a Boy Wearing male clothing.

Drag: Wearing clothing of opposite gender (usually in theatrical context).

Drag King: Male impersonator Cross dressed female (usually in theatrical context).

Drag Queen: Female Impersonator Cross dressed male (usually in theatrical context).

En femme: From French term, meaning “in female mode”.

F2M: Female to male transgendered person aka FTM.

Facial Feminisation Surgery (FFS): Facial surgery to alter a MTF transsexual’s face to make it look more feminine.

FTM: Female-to-Male transgendered person, aka ‘F2M’.

Gender Dysphoria (GD): Psychological term for unhappiness with ones gender.

Genetic Girl (GG): Genetically female woman, natal female. aka ‘RG’.

Gender Identity Disorder (GID): Official medical diagnosis of transsexuality, usually prior to ‘transitioning’.

Gender Recognition Act (GRA): Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that allows transsexual people to change their legal gender. It came into effect on April 4, 2005.

Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC): Legal document to change sex on birth certificate.

Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS): Surgery to change physical sex i.e. ‘sex change”. aka ‘SRS’.

Genderqueer (GQ): Person with a non-binary gender identity i.e. not male or female.

Genetic Girl (GG): Genetic female/natal woman. Please note: term may be offensive to MTF TSs as it implies that they are not genuine in terms of being considered real. aka ‘RG’.

Intersex (IS): General term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

In role: Term used for TS’s, for MTF living as a woman or FTM living as a man, prior to transitioning treatment.

LGBTI: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Overall term for non-heterosexual, gender-typical community.

M2F: Male to Female Transgendered person. aka ‘MTF’.

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC): LGBT accepting denomination of churches.

MTF: Male to Female Transsexual aka. ‘M2F’.

Non-op TS: Non-operation transsexual TS who has transitioned socially to their new gender, but cannot have GRS (possibly due to medical reasons) or does not want GRS.

Passing : Perceived to be the gender you are presenting, rather than your birth gender.

Post-op TS: Post-operative transsexual – A transsexual person who has had Gender Reassignment Surgery.

Pre-op TS: Pre-operative transsexual – A transsexual person who has not yet had Gender Reassignment Surgery (may not be intending to do so due to factors such as health).

Purge: Term often used in TG community for transgendered people getting rid of their preferred gender role clothing & accessories.

Queer: Person with atypical gender/sexual identity.

Real Girls (RG): Genetic female/natal woman. Please note: term may be offensive to MTF TSs as it implies that they are not genuine in terms of being considered real.. aka ‘GG’.

Real Life Experience (RLE): Period in which a TS lives ‘in role’, prior to undergoing surgery. Is also known as ‘RLT’.

Real Life Test (RLT): Period in which a TS lives ‘in role’, prior to undergoing surgery. Is also known as ‘RLE’.

Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS): Surgery to change physical sex i.e. ‘sex change”. aka ‘GRS’.

SOFFA: Significant Other, Friend, Family, or Ally of a transsexual, transgender, intersex or other gender-variant person.

Testosterone (T): Male hormone for Female to Male Transsexual. Is also the hormone that is reduced as part of transitioning for MTF Transsexuals.

T*: Transgender Often used to avoid confusion with ‘T’, which is used for testosterone in FTM community.

T*Girl: Transgender girl Transvestite or MTF Transgendered person, aka ‘TGirl’.

Transgender (TG): Transgender issue, also, to be transgendered.

TGirl: Transgender girl, Transvestite or MTF Transgendered person, aka ‘T*Girl’

TS: Transsexual Person with Gender Identity Disorder.

Trans: Term used to abbreviate transgendered, the umbrella term for trans people.

Transition : Medical/social process in which a TS changes to their new gender.

Trans man: Female-to-male TS living in male role.

Transvestite (TV): Person who wears the clothing of the opposite gender on a part-time or full time basis.

Trans Woman: Male-to-female TS living in female role.

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