Gender Terminology


  • trans man/man: a person who was assigned female at birth but identifies as a man
  • trans woman/woman: a person who was assigned male at birth but identifies as a woman
  • cisgender man/cis man: a person who was assigned male at birth and identifies as a man
  • cisgender woman/cis woman: a person who was assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman
  • non-binary: refers to a person’s gender who isn’t exclusively a man or a woman
    • umbrella term for ex. gender neutral, agender, bigender, gender fluid, etc.
    • often used synonymous with gender queer
    • FTNB: female to non-binary
    • MTNB: male to non-binary
    • NBTNB: non-binary to non-binary



  • gender neutral: similar to agender but a person identifies more neutrally towards gender
  • gender-bender/gender-blender: a person who disrupts or “bends” expected gender roles
    • may be considered derogatory
    • slang
  • gender nonconforming: people who don’t follow stereotypes or gender roles about how they should look or act based on the sex they were assigned at birth
  • gender normative: a person who conforms to the mainstream’s gender-based expectations of society
  • gender variant: a person who does not conform to gender-based expectations of society
  • ag/aggressive: an African-American and/or Latina masculine lesbian
  • agender: a person whose undgendered
  • neutrois: a person who sees their gender as neutral or null, may mean genderless, can overlap with agender; mainly a person considers themselves neutrally gendered or genderless
  • gender void: gender consisting of a void (originally same thing as genderless/agender)
  • gender null: gender like gender void without the void concept
  • agenderflux: identifying as agender but you fluctuate between feminine or masculine
  • androgynous [gender]: gender identity that can blend both or neither binary genders
  • mavrique: characterized by autonomy and inner conviction regarding a sense of self that is entirely independent of male/masculinity, female/femininity or anything which derives from the two while still being neither without gender nor of a neutral gender
  • demigender: a gender identity describing someone who partially, but not entirely, identifies with a particular gender identity
    • demigirl/demiwoman: describes a person who partially, but not entirely, identifies as a woman, girl, or as feminine
    • demiboy/demiman: describes a person who partially, but not entirely, identifies as a man, boy, or as masculine
    • deminonbinary: describes a person who partially, but doesn’t entirely, identify as a non-binary identity
    • demifluid: describes a person who experiences partial fluidity (genderfluid) with their gender but with parts of static
    • demiflux: describes a person whose partially fluid with part(s) of static
      • different from demifluid because “-flux” indicates one of the genders is neutral
      • if fluctuates between gender queer, agender, and woman
  • gender fluid: describes a person who, may at any time, fluctuate between several genders
    • ex. woman, bigender, demiman
  • epicene: lack of gender distinction
  • gender fuck: plays with ‘gender cues’ to purposely confused “standard” or stereotypical gender expressions, often through clothing
  • Intergender: a gender identity between man and woman, and ay be a mix of both
  • Third gender: usually used in the context of not being a man or a woman
    • Can be seen as derogatory towards trans* people
  • bigender: when you identify with 2 genders
  • trigender: when you identify with 3 genders
  • polygender: when you identify with more than 2 genders
  • pangender: when you identify with all genders
  • two spirit: a person who fluctuates between masculinity and femininity
  • boi: a young transgender/androgynous/masculine person whose biologically female but presents themselves in a traditionally boyish way (also called boidyke)
  • femme: feminine identified person of any gender/sex
    • often used in lesbian community
  • butch: masculine identified person of any gender/sex
    • often used in the lesbian community

(This is not in the least a comprehensive list of all gender identities. Each year new ones come out and definitions change over time. If you would like changes to be make to inaccurate definitions or would like to add more terminology, feel free to comment or email.)

Everything Gender (Part 1) I ABC’s of LGBT            Part 2

The Gender Tag: Authentic Gender Expression I Ashley Wild  I TEDxCSU

“LGBTQIA Terminology”~ Document

Gender Norms: Always Limiting, Sometimes Deadly

Discrimination Terminology:

  • Transphobia: fear, dislike or hatred of transgender people and/or the idea of transgender in general
  • Cissexism: institutional response which assumes that all people are cisgender and therefore excludes the needs, concerns and life experiences of non-cisgender people; awards power to cisgender people and denies privileges/rights to non-cisgender peopl
  • Genderism or Gender binarism: a mode of thought predicated on the stable position of male/female and man/woman that is inadequate approach to areas of difference which is enforced and established that there is a direct link between gender and sex assigned at birth (based on part of the Merriam Webster definition of binarism)
  • Binary transgender privilege (or binary “trans” privilege): a set of advantages that individuals who identify with the binary receive due to their cisgender or trans binary status
  • Misdirected misogyny: form of sexism directed at being directed as people who don’t identify as women (includes non-binary people, transmen, gender non-conforming cis people)
    • QPOC: Queer person of color
    • MOGAI: Marginalized Orientations, Gender Alignments and Intersex.






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