Used in legal circumstances to describe affirmed gender.
Your gender following transition – the true gender with which your identity has been affirmed.
Feeling your gender identity is neutral or you have no gender.
The sex you are given at birth, based on the appearance of your genitals.
Feeling you have two distinct female and male identities or identifying as two genders simultaneously.
Removal of some breast tissue from both breasts and the reconstruction of the chest wall to resemble a male chest.
Not trans – your gender identity conforms to your biological sex assigned at birth.
A person who enjoys wearing clothing associated with the opposite sex for personal comfort and pleasure.
The field of medicine concerned with hormones, including the sex hormones oestrogen and testosterone.
Facial feminisation surgery:
Surgical and non-surgical procedures to feminise the face of trans women.
Female-to-male trans man (can be problematic, however, as a trans man is unlikely to have identified as female in the first place).
The traditional view of gender that limits possibilities to the ‘binary’ of male and female. Current thinking defines gender as more diverse than a binary model.
Medical term used to describe feeling discomfort or distress with the gender you were assigned at birth.
External appearance of your gender identity, such as behaviour, clothing, hairstyle or voice.
A wider and more flexible range of gender identities that varies over time.
Your internal sense of being male or female, both genders or neither.
Alternative medical term for gender dysphoria.
The process of transitioning from female to male or male to female, which may include personal, social or medical processes.
Gender reassignment surgery / genital reconstruction surgery/ gender confirmation surgery:
Surgical procedures that change some body parts to better reflect a person’s gender identity.
Feeling discomfort or distress with the gender you were assigned at birth – the same as gender dysphoria but frequently preferred as a less medicalised term.
Similar to non-binary, but while some people embrace ‘queer’ others regard it as offensive.
An identity between female and male.
Intersex bodied people are born with a physical sex anatomy that doesn’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies.
Lower or bottom surgery:
A range of gender-validating surgical procedures that can be performed on the reproductive organs or genitals.
A procedure using the growth of the clitoris, which results from taking testosterone, to create a penis.
Male-to-female trans woman (can be problematic, however, as a trans woman is unlikely to have identified as male in the first place).
Gender-neutral alternative title to Ms and Mr, now widely accepted by government and businesses.
Gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine and therefore outside the gender binary of male and female.
Surgical removal of the ovaries.
Surgical removal of the testes.
Surgical removal of penile tissue.
Plastic surgery performed to construct a penis.
Commonly used to describe the gender with which you identify but often considered inappropriate as it implies there is a choice.
Surgical procedure that creates a scrotum for testicular implants.
Surgical procedures on the breast area – breast augmentation or a mastectomy.
Transgender or trans:
Umbrella terms that embrace the many different identities of people whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex.
An asterisk is sometimes added as a way of including all transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming identities.
Used largely in medical or legal circumstances to describe someone who proposes to undergo or has undergone gender reassignment.
The process of beginning to live full-time in your true gender identity, which may include reassignment therapy, hormone replacement treatment, surgery and legal affirmation.
A person who enjoys wearing clothing associated with the opposite sex for personal comfort and pleasure – the term cross-dresser is generally preferred in the trans community.
The gender with which a person self-identifies.
Surgical removal of the vagina and closure of the vaginal opening.
Plastic surgery performed to create a vagina.
Ze and zir:
Gender-neutral alternatives to she/he and her/his, though their use is still limited.
Whether you are transgender or cisgender, we hope that this helps you to understand our world better.
Until next time,
The GI Collection team