Tag Archive Non-Binary

ByJoanne

Terminology – Introduction to Gender Identities

One of the questions I am asked all of the time is; “what is trans”.

Well… that is a big conversation, but the long and short of it is that “Trans” means is from the Latin and means “on the other side of” whilst “cis” means “on the same side of”.  So both cis and trans are an antonyms paring.  A non-trans person is cis.

We use trans as prefix in modern life all of the time for example transport an transplant – we are taking something from a place to the other side of somewhere.

When we talk about transgender individuals, these are people whose gender identity is different to that assigned at birth; be they non-binary, fluid or binary in that identity.

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ByJoanne

Asexual Identities

Many Asexuals (Ace) identify with two orientations: a romantic and a sexual one.  An Asexual’s romantic orientation determines which gender(s), if any, they are inclined to form romantic relationships with.

There are also individuals in the asexual community who identify in the gray area between asexuality and sexuality.  Although it should be note that not all individuals fall into these categories or identify with the terminology.

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ByJoanne

Common Trans Terminology

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.

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ByJoanne

Transgender Names, Pronouns and Titles

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.

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