It’s fair to say many people don’t know how to speak to or about transgender people. So what do the terms involved mean and what’s considered polite?
Below are a number of terms and phrases that transgender individuals may use or identity with. In all cases, one should respect the person, how they identify and which terms resonate.
When describing, referring to, or talking to transgender individuals, please use the correct term or terms to describe their gender identity and understand the person’s Names, Pronouns and Titles.
For example, a person who was assigned male at birth and transitions to living as a woman is a transgender woman, whereas a person who was assigned female at birth and transitions to living as a man is a transgender man. If someone prefers a different term, use it along with an explanation of what that term means to them.