Cisgender – Refers to people who are not transgender in content that is about gender. Do not use terms like “normal” to describe people who are not transgender. Cisgender is not synonymous with heterosexual, which refers to sexuality.
Gender Identity—The internal perception, experience, or psychological sense of an individual’s own gender and how they may label themselves regardless of gender assigned at birth.
Gender Expression—The external display or presentation of gender identity, typically though combinations of wardrobe/style, demeanor, social behaviors and interactions. Expression does not always align or correspond with a particular identity and is culturally/socially determined.
Gender Binary—The idea/concept that there are only two (2) genders/sexes, which is determined at the time of birth. Often utilized to determine how a child should be reared.
Nonbinary—A term used to describe a plethora of identities and experiences that exist beyond and between the binary notions of gender as being male/masculine or female/feminine. Not all nonbinary individuals identify as transgender, though the majority do.
Sex—Often utilized in place of “gender assigned at birth,” but holds a complicated relationship and history for the intersex community.
Assigned Gender at Birth—The idea/concept of understanding one’s gender assigned at birth, commonly to understand the individual’s current gender identity. Ex. AFAB (assigned female at birth), AMAB (assigned male at birth).
Transgender – A term that describes a wide range of identities and experiences in which an individual identifies with/as a gender (or genders) other tan or in addition to their assigned gender at birth.
Intersex—An individual with born characteristics (anatomy, organs, chromosomes, hormones, etc.) that do not fit normative ideas of male or female. Intersex conditions are considered to be as common as red hair, though many intersex infants and children are forced to undergo nonconsensual, medically unnecessary surgeries to conform them to society’s ideals, some as early as a few months old.
Legal Name—The name registered and listed within the larger systems of government and expressed on all forms of identification.
Lived Name—The name that an individual uses in their life and differs from their legal name, but still holds just as much and/or more importance to the individual.
Dead Name – The name that an individual no longer uses and replaced with their Lived Name. Sometimes dead names and legal names are one in the same, but neither should be utilized if the Lived Name is known.
Nonconforming—A term to describe an individual who actively challenges societal expectations of their gender/perceived gender through their gender expression.
Gender Affirming—A term to note certain procedures or actions taken by a transgender and/or nonbinary person to align themselves with their identity. Ex. Gender affirming surgeries.