Transgender Terms & Glossary

Cisgender is a term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.


Gender dysphoria is the clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify.

Gender-expansive conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system.

Gender-fluid is a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.

Gender identity is a person's internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or boy or girl.) For some people, their gender identity does not fit neatly into those two choices. For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match.

Gender non-conforming is a broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.

Genderqueer are people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.

Gender Transition is the time period during which a person begins to live according to their gender identity, rather than the gender they were thought to be at birth. While not all transgender people transition, a great many do at some point in their lives.

LGBTQ is an acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.”

Non-binary is a term for those whose gender is a combination of male and female, or not male or female.



Sexual Orientation is an inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.

Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Transphobia is the fear and hatred of, or discomfort with, transgender people.

Glossary terms are from The National Center for Transgender Equality and Human Rights Campaign.