Transgender Dictionary

Assigned Gender:

  • The gender a baby is given upon birth, usually based on the child’s birth sex.


Gender Identity:

  • How we feel about our gender in our hearts and minds.


Gender Expression/Gender Presentation:

  • How we show our gender to the world through external choices (e.g. dress, behavior, hairstyle).



  • Describes a person whose birth sex and gender identity align.


Birth Sex/Biological Sex :

  • A specific set of genetic, chemical and anatomical characteristics that we are either born with or that develop as we mature.


Binary Gender :

  • The faulty concept that there are only two genders: male and female.



  • A broad descriptor many people use to indicate a person does not identify as either male or female.



  • Describes anyone whose gender identity and birth sex do not align. The word should be used as, “transgender,” not “transgendered.” For example, “My brother Sam is transgender. His birth name was Samantha.”


Preferred Personal Pronouns:

  • In addition to the traditional pronouns (he/him, she/her, they), some people prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns, such as ne, ve, ze/zie and xe. If you don’t know a student’s preferred personal pronoun, it’s always best to ask.


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Gender Identity Disorder (Gender Dysphoria):

  • strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one’s own assigned sex that results in significant distress or impairment.


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  • A Labiaplasty, commonly referred to as Labia reduction, is an aesthetic surgery for the female genitalia, which involves reduction of the labia.


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