Trans Dictionary



Introduction | General words | Other words | Conclusion


Introduction

The subject categories of the trans specter in the present is incredibly complex, with new words appearing and other words ceasing to exist all the time. Different trans groups adopt words not always accepted by other groups; humanity and the trans people themselves are still learning how to approach the different types of gender identity. One side wants for a better cataloguing, so each trans person can more easily find people and information more fitting for them; while other side wants total subjectivity, abolishing the usage of such words because according to them everyone is unique and cannot be labeled. A dictionary about this will inevitably have the influence of the point of view of who wrote it, and I in particular believe which the better path is the middle path: Not focusing only in categories but not only focusing is subjectivity. If it is what you were searching for, feel welcome to adopt it in your life.

Concerning the sexual orientation, I believe it is more a spectrum than a person belonging to one or another. A person can claim to be fully heterosexual but when looking at the mirror think themselves as beautiful, and that would be impossible if they did not had a degree of gay or lesbian sexual orientation. It only is in the example which it is not in an intensity great enough for them to be labeled gay or lesbian, their main sexual orientation would be heterosexual. Both men and women have both hormones in their bodies, it just is which their proportion inside each one changes.

General words

Transgender - Someone whose gender identity is different from one considered "normal" for one's birth sex. We are in a lesser number than people considered "normal".

Transsexual - A transgender person who chooses to modify its physical body to match their gender identity. There are trans men and women, but other types as well.

Trans - A shorter form for transsexual or transgender.

Gender Identity - Although having an hormonal foundation, it is in great part a social construction the concept which there is only two gender identities, the female and male, being the first more delicate, caring, enjoy house activities and pretty clothing and being the second more crude, agressive, enjoying war, machines and merely functional clothing. There are many, many gender identities which sometimes overlap inside a single person. In other words, it would be related to the personality, not sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation - The type of people who cause sexual attraction in someone, or the absence of interest in that.

Cisgender - Most of the population, people with a compatibility between gender identity and birth sex.

Cis - A shorter form for cisgender.

Cisgender man - A man who have both a male gender identity and a male birth sex.

Cisgender woman - A woman who have both a female gender identity and a female birth sex.

Binary - Limited to women and men only. Can be related to the physical sex or to the gender identity.

Non-Binary - Beyond only men and women. Can be related to the physical sex or to the gender identity.

Non-binary trans - Have the traits both female and male in their gender identity, clothing, body language and speech in equal proportions or not. Something different than just man or woman.

Trans Feminine - a non binary trans person, but who is much more inclined in looks and personality to what is considered feminine.

Trans man - A person with a male gender identity who wishes or already modified its female born body to become the closest possible to the body of a cis man. Usually they have the body language, speech and clothing matching those of a "normal" cis man; but as there is also delicate cis men, it not always applies.

Trans woman - A person with a female gender identity who wishes or already modified its male born body to become the closest possible to the body of a cis woman. Usually they have the body language, speech and clothing matching those of a "normal" cis woman; but as there is also crude women, it not always applies.

Lesbian - Someone with a female gender identity who like women, it does not matter if a woman from birth or not (trans woman). In the last case, it is said which it would be actually a "heterosexual man". I disagree.

Gay - Someone with a male gender identity who like men, it does not matter if a man from birth or not (trans man). In the last case, it is said which it would be actually a "heterosexual woman". I disagree.

Bissexual - Someone who feel sexual attraction to both sexes, regardless of having a female or male gender identity.

Assexual - Someone with too few or no interest at all in sexual relations.

Heterosexual - Someone who have sexual interest only in the opposite sex.

Queer - A word I do not yet understand currently and have no interest in researching for now.

Intersex - The rare people physically born with both sexes or neither, although usually in the first case only one of the genitalia works and usually only partially.

Androgynous - A person with traits both from men and women, sometimes intersex. It can relate to non binary trans people who feel having in equal (or almost) proportions female and male gender identities; sometimes being it which they use more "neutral" clothing.

Fem Androge - It concerns people who identify as androgynous but with a gender identity proportion much more inclined to female.

Butch Androge - It concerns people who identify as androgynous but with a gender identity proportion much more inclined to male.

Gender fluid - People which for some reason oscillate between a female and male gender identity or between other gender identities.

Transvestite - Sometimes used in an offensive manner both by trans people and cis people. It would be a person from the male or female sex with a male or female gender identity who only likes to dress as the opposite sex temporarly. They like the sex of the body with which they were born and have not an unmatching gender identity.

Drag - It would be someone from the male or female sex with a male or female gender identity who only likes to assume the personality usually assigned to the opposite sex including clothing temporarly. They like the sex of body with which they were born and have not an unmatching gender identity.

LGBTQI+ - A complex acronym for lesbian, gays, bissexual, transsexual, queer, intersex and more. Although we are also a minority, I disagree with mixing sexual orientation acronyms with something related only to gender identity and physical changes to the body (transsexual).

Other words

Alice - A word used in Brazil for when a trans woman transmits an image of innocence usually with darker goals, a false person, dissimulation.

Conclusion

You have no idea about the quantity of words inside the language of the trans community which sometimes synonyms or different interpretations of the same thing. You will learn just the most basic words, those concerning areas of your interest and words which "stumble upon" you on the way. You will never know everything about that, and honestly, you have no obligation of knowing; and even less cis people.



Last Updated: 2022/02/13

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