Gender Definitions

Androgyne - is a person appearing and identifying as neither man nor woman, presenting a gender either mixed or neutral.

Butch - often refers to a lesbian (but can be used for a gay man) who exhibits masculine traits.

Cisgender - complementing Transgender, a Cisgender person identifies as someone who feels that their gender assigned at birth, their body, and their personal identity all match.

Crossdresser - is a polite term for a transvestite.

Drag King - is usually a female who dresses (or "drags") in masculine clothes. Drag kings often perform as exaggeratedly macho male characters or impersonate male celebrities like Elvis.

Drag Queen - is usually a man who dresses (or "drags") in female clothes and make-up, and is often (though not always) gay.

Dyke - is a slang term for a lesbian. Originally it was a derogatory label for a masculine or butch woman, and this usage still exists. However, it has also been reappropriated as a positive term implying assertiveness and toughness, or simply as a neutral synonym for lesbian.

Female-to-Male Transsexual FTM, F2M, F->M - is someone who was born female and transitions to a male gender identity.

Femme - usually refers to lesbians (but can be used occasionally for gay men) who exhibit feminine traits.

Gender - refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.

Gender Blind - see Pansexuality

Gender Dysphoria - a medical condition in which a person's sex and gender identity are not aligned. In 2007, the condition was said to affect one in 500 people, but before that it was said to affect one in 1,000, and before that one in 30,000. Many used to consider it a mental disorder.

Gender Expression - how a person behaves, appears or presents oneself with regard to societal expectations of gender, i.e. how others view or interpret an individual's gender.

Gender Identity - the gender that a person claims for oneself, which may or may not align with his or her gender assigned at birth. It is how you see yourself socially: man, woman, or a combination of both. One may have a penis but prefer to relate socially as a woman, or one may have a vagina but prefer to relate as a man. One might prefer to be fluid, relating sometimes as a man and sometimes as a woman. Or one might not identify as either one, relating androgynously, i.e. how an individual views his/her own gender.

Gender Non-Conforming Children - A child's style of expression is considered gender non-conforming when it consistently falls outside of what is considered 'normal' for their assigned biological sex. This may be indicated by choices in games, clothing, and playmates. For example, a boy who wants to take ballet, wear pink, and play primarily with girls is gender non-conforming. Gender non-conforming children may become gender normative over time or their style of expression may continue to defy gender expectations as adults. Some of these children grow up to be gay, lesbian or bisexual and some grow up to be heterosexual. Some of these children are or will become transgender .

Genderqueer - is a term for people who feel that their gender identities or gender expression do not correspond to the gender assigned to them at birth, but who do not want to transition to the "opposite" gender OR a person born with male, female or intersex physiology, choosing to identify as genderqueer rather than male or female. For more information, please click here.

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