What does ‘transgender’ mean?

What does transgender mean?


Understand what transgender means

“A transgender person, not ‘transgendered,’ is someone whose sex assigned at birth is different from who they know they are on the inside. It includes people who have medically transitioned to align their internal knowledge of gender with their physical presentation. But it also includes those who have not transitioned, and genderqueer or gender expansive people who do not fit in the distinct and opposite binary of male and female. Preferred usage is ‘transgender people,’ ‘transgender person,’ ‘transgender woman,’ ‘transgender man,’ ‘trans people,’ ‘trans person,’ ‘trans woman,’ and ‘trans man.’ Source: Reporting About Transgender People? Read This http://www.hrc.org/resources/reporting-about-transgender-people-read-this

A transgender person is someone whose sex assigned at birth is different from who they know they are on the inside.

A transgender person has medically transitioned to align their internal knowledge of gender with their physical presentation.

A transgender person has not medically transitioned to align their internal knowledge of gender with their physical presentation.

A transgender person is genderqueer.

A transgender person is gender expansive.

Understand what genderqueer means

“Genderqueer: A term which refers to individuals or groups who “queer” or problematize the hegemonic notions of sex, gender and desire in a given society. Genderqueer people possess identities which fall outside of the widely accepted sexual binary (i.e. ‘men’ and ‘women’). Genderqueer may also refer to people who identify as both transgendered AND queer, i.e. individuals who challenge both gender and sexuality regimes and see gender identity and sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected.” Source: LGBT Terms and Definitions – https://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/life/definitions

Understand what gender expansive means

“‘Gender-expansive’ is an umbrella term used for individuals that broaden commonly held definitions of gender, including its expression, associated identities, and/or other perceived gender norms, in one or more aspects of their life. These individuals expand the definition of gender through their own identity and/or expression. Some individuals do not identify with being either male or female; others identify as a blend of both, while still others identify with a gender, but express their gender in ways that differ from stereotypical presentations. A gender-expansive person’s preferences and self-expression may fall outside commonly understood gender norms within their own culture; or they may be aligned with them even as one’s internal gender identity doesn’t align with the sex assigned at birth.

“This diversity of gender is a normal part of the human experience, across cultures and throughout history. Non-binary gender diversity exists all over the world, documented by countless historians and anthropologists. Examples of individuals living comfortably outside of typical male/female expectations and/or identities are found in every region of the globe. The calabai, and calalai of Indonesia, two-spirit Native Americans, and the hijra of India all represent more complex understandings of gender than allowed for by a simplistic binary model.

“Further, what might be considered gender-expansive in one period of history may become gender normative in another. One need only examine trends related to men wearing earrings or women sporting tattoos to quickly see the malleability of social expectations about gender. Even the seemingly intractable ‘pink is for girls, blue is for boys’ notions are relatively new. While there is some debate about the reasons why they reversed, what is well documented is that not until the mid-twentieth century were notions of pink for girls or blue for boys so firmly ensconced. You can make the case that ‘pink is the new blue!’” Source: https://www.genderspectrum.org/quick-links/understanding-gender/

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One Response to What does ‘transgender’ mean?

  1. Has the term “transgender” become too broad in its usage?

    “The term transgender is tossed about quite a bit these days with few people really understanding what it means. Like many words, it once had a very specific meaning that over time grew to cover more and more ground, While it goes without saying that in it’s broadest sense it encompasses nearly everything, it raises the question as to whether or not the term has become too broad and therefore of little value as a term for identification.

    “The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines transgender as: Having personal characteristics (as transsexuality or transvestitism) that transcend traditional boundaries and corresponding sexual norms.

    “Basically that means anyone who identifies as transsexual or crossdresses would be transgender. While that doesn’t seem bad, the term transgender in it’s everyday use has grown to encompass so many people that in actuality share so little in common, that if someone where to identify them self as transgender you have a laundry list of options to choose from. The person may be transsexual, a transvestite, a crossdresser, drag king/queen, genderqueer, intersexual, or a person that identifies as one of these groups emotionally but not necessarily outwardly. That’s a whole lot of people.

    “The bone of contention with many people that belong to one of these groups is they often don’t want to be confused with one of the others. To someone outside the community this may seem silly, but for many people defined as transgender it is a very touchy subject. You will often find transsexuals and drag kings/queens (DQK) who are revolted by being lumped in with crossdressers (CD’s) and transvestites (TV’s). There are plenty of DQK that are disgusted by being mistaken as TV’s or CD’s. By the same token there are plenty of TV’s and CD’s who want nothing to do with being identified along with transsexuals. We’ve established that there are plenty of people that seem to want to be recognized as who and what they are.

    “That brings up the next question which is what are they all?..”

    Continue reading: Has the term “transgender” become too broad in its usage? https://lgbtnation.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/has-the-term-transgender-become-too-broad-in-its-usage/

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