Since the open discussion of transgender people is relatively recent in our society, there’s a staggering amount of people who are naïve to the concept. Most people still are unaware of the special vocabulary that has developed to describe the ins and outs of transgender life.
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1. Gender Dysphoria
Gender dysphoria is a medical term used to describe the feelings of discomfort and distress people struggle with when it comes to the gender they were assigned with at birth. It’s arguably the key phrase of the trans community and goes a long way to explaining what being transgender is.
MtF is an abbreviation of Male-to-Female, which is the terminology used when someone transitions from their assigned male gender into becoming a female. However, while this term is meant to be used in order to clear the confusion, it can be problematic due to the fact that a lot of trans women are unlikely to have ever identified as male in the first place.
You’ve probably worked this one out by now, but FtM stands for Female-to-Male. Unsurprisingly, this refers to the transitioning from a female to a male. However, much like MtF, this term can be problematic due to the fact that a trans male is unlikely to have ever identified as female in the first place.
A lot of people assume that transvestites, crossdressers, and transgender people are all the same thing; they’re not. A transvestite is a person who enjoys wearing clothing associated with the opposite sex for personal comfort and pleasure – they do not identify themselves as female.
5. True Gender
True gender is a controversial subject; narrow-minded social commentators falsely argue that someone’s true gender is the gender that they were assigned at birth. However, true gender actually refers to the gender with which a person self-identifies.