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Basic Terminology

Becoming familiar with the terminology of the LGBTQIA2-S community is essential in understanding 

where people identify on the spectrum.

MTF

A biological male who has transitioned from Male to Female

FTM

A biological female who has transitioned from Female to Male

ANDROGYNOUS

A person who is partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.

INTER SEXED

Intersex people are born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies".

TRANSITIONING

 A person who permanently adopts the outward or physical characteristics of the gender one identifies with as opposed to those associated with ones birth sex.


GENDER IDENTITY

Gender identity is the personal sense of one's own gender. Gender identity can correlate with assigned sex at birth, or can differ from it. 

GENDER FLUID

A person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender.​

GENDER NON CON FORMATIVE

A person whose behavior or appearance does not conform to prevailing cultural and social expectations about what is appropriate to their gender.

TRANSSEXUAL

A  person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex.

CISGENDER

 A person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.