transgender terminology

transgender terminology definitions!!!

hey, ive noticed that a lot of people out there seem to be kinda confused about some words the trans community uses, so ive decided to make a handy glossary of some of these terms :) enjoy!

Trans: A backpack line branded and distributed by Jansport.

FTM: An abbreviation for “(Come on), Feel The Millinoise,” a common alternate name for the 2005 album “Illinois” by Sufjan Stevens. We don’t know why the “M” is there, and it’s been a hot discussion topic within the trans community for years.

MTF: An abbreviation for “Ma, Tae Fuck?,” an exclamation commonly used by Scottish youth to their mothers in times of confusion or exasperation.

AFAB: An abbreviation for the slogan “All Firefighters Are Bastards,” a derivative of “All Cops Are Bastards/Bad.”

AMAB: An abbreviation for the slogan “All Mallcops Are Bastards.” See above.

Top/bottom surgery: A procedure undertaken by many trans people which removes the entire top or bottom half of their bodies.

Cis: A term for those who use messenger bags, tote bags, or purses to carry their belongings, as opposed to backpacks.

SRS: An abbreviation for the infamous feminist Reddit community/subreddit “ShitRedditSays,” found at /r/shitredditsays.

Passing: what when walk by person on side walk or street when they opposite dection

[ maverique – definition reworded 06/21/14 ]

a faded yellow, white and orange pride flag on which black text reads:


/mav ˈrēk/

franglais coined by Vesper H. from the English eponym
“maverick” and the French suffix “-ique”.  
pronounciation is “mav-REEK”,  rhyming with “antique”.

a gender 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. 

this is the third rewording of the definition of maverique. i’ve tried to do away with some of the larger words found in previous definitions while still making the meaning of the word clearer.

what do you think…?

i’m preparing to make a page and/or secondary Tumblr account dedicated to maverique and once wording of the definition seems more or less stable, i’ll record a video about it too. :)


Ryan Cassata teaches gay youtube stars Davey Wavey, ElloSteph, Marissa Farina, & Stevie Boebi some FTM (female to male) transgender slang terms through a fun slap-the-hand guessing game. What’s a penguin? What’s an STP? What’s stealth? Find out now!

regarding my post denouncing the transpositive symbol (which i’ve since deleted):

i exchanged some messages with the original poster and it seems like for the most part there was some miscommunication and generational/cultural differences in terminology 

there appears to have been no malicious intent in the creation of this symbol and the posts that this person was making; rather, she was speaking about her own experiences with gender and presentation and the terminologies that she was more familiar with - which, to those of younger generations is considered outdated; the original poster, for example, has reclaimed the word ‘transvestite’ to refer to herself - a word which is rarely used and often carries a negative connotation. 

since it is not up to me to label others, i’ll refrain from referring to her as a trans woman - but it should be understood by anyone reading this that she does identify as female, and therefore, does consider herself part of the community. 

it’s important to consider that a lot of the more in-depth terminology about transgender culture is a recent phenomenon - things like separating gender identity from gender presentation, and so forth

so for these reasons, i myself apologize for interpreting these posts as being false activism. i’m now ashamed that my post has the amount of notes it has, despite me deleting it. it was a rash decision on my part and i should have waited to receive a reply from the original poster before making my own post.

that being said, we also discussed a few other things, such as the (accidental) use of the pansexual pride flag color scheme, and that trans remembrance day differs from trans awareness week in terms of mood and social context. the trans awareness week is about pride - the trans remembrance day is about mourning; and that it was sort of inappropriate to create a colorful graphic for a serious day as this.

so to recap some things:

-the creator of this symbol is trans - but was born in a different generation and not as familiar with the current terminology and facets of transgender culture (such as the fact that some people use “it” as a pronoun and that this generation no longer correlates crossdressing with trans identity)

-the creator of this symbol made it with good intentions; there is no marketing ploy involved. the graphic was intended to be public domain so anyone could use it.

-she does not deserve any hate. she has done nothing spiteful. in the messages that she has sent me, she has been well-spoken and polite and seems eager to try and understand current trans culture.

again, i apologize wholeheartedly for accusing her of false activism - and while i know that there’s no way to stop people from reblogging my first post, just as there’s no way to stop people from reblogging hers, i hope that at least a fraction of those rebloggers are able to see this.
Trans and Cis Are Not the Only Way to Divide the Gender Experience

In April, the boundary between transgender and not-transgender was officially written into American English when the Merriam-Webster dictionary formally adopted the word cisgender

(n. ”Someone whose internal sense of gender corresponds with the sex the person was identified as having at birth.”) 

Like the word straight, cisgender expands what we can discuss about gender and sexuality by naming something that had previously been unmarked or simply considered “natural.” Simultaneously, by recognizing that everyone has an internal sense of gender—not just trans people—the word normalizes transgender experiences.

Yet it’s worth taking a moment, as we stand on this important linguistic threshold, to survey another possibility, a different way of dividing and describing our experiences of gender, which has existed (and still exists) parallel to the ideas of transgender/cisgender-hood. I’m talking about the femme queens and butch queens of the ballroom world, a community founded by black and Latino queer people.
It's Time To Embrace The Singular ‘They,’ A Humanistic Pronoun
The Telegraph published a poll last week, asking readers whether the singular they ― as in, “My friend ate a bagel. They beamed with perfect joy” ― is a correct use of grammar. The 1,000-plus voters were torn on the issue: 54 percent said “no,” and 46 percent ― myself included ― said “yes.”

keepcalmanddrinkwater  asked:

The reason Jared Leto received the role because he was the best choice for the role. No other reason. He was brilliant in the role and hating on it just because he isnt actually transgender is ridiculous. If a transgender had of auditioned maybe they could have gotten the role. But Jared must have been better , he is also already very famous. Matthew needed an experienced actor to back up his role. I see where youre coming from but stop hating on him x

If you think Jared Leto was the best person for this role, then you do not think very highly of trans people at all.  When we cisgender people argue that Jared Leto was the “best choice for the role” we dismiss every single trans actor as an inferior choice for the role.   We reinforce the stereotype of being transgender as a “performance” instead of a valid, marginalized, and misunderstood identity.   You say Jared Leto is better, but you don’t even know enough about people who are transgender to use the terminology correctly.

You state Jared Leto was chosen for no other reason other than being “the best,” yet you then immediately go on to explain it is because Leto is “already very famous”?    Why do you think that is?   Perhaps his identity as a cisgender white man in Hollywood has afforded him opportunities denied to trans actors.

Dallas Buyers Club (despite all it’s flaws and stereotypes) was an opportunity for a transgender actor to play a breakthrough role—a role that may have led to other roles or an Oscar, a role that may have helped a trans actor achieve the same level of fame that Leto has.  

Pointing out this inequity is not “hate.”  Pointing out how this portrayal has harmed trans people by perpetuating stereotypes is not “hate.”   Do not try to frame people who have been adversely affected by this performance as the haters.  They are not the ones denying opportunities or spreading stereotypes.   

Again, Hollywood applauded Jared Leto for playing trans even while it punishes and discriminates against trans actors for being trans.    


I was asked to make a video about Terminology.

Terms defined:

[ edit: please see the reworded definition here. ]

a faded yellow, white and orange pride flag on which black text reads:


/mav ˈrēk/

franglais coined by Vesper H. from the English eponym
“maverick” and the French suffix “-ique”.  
pronounciation is “mav-REEK”,  rhyming with “antique”.

a non-binary gender characterized by autonomy
and inner conviction regarding a sense of gender which is
unorthodox, unconventional and entirely independent of
conventional concepts of gender.

this is an updated description of maverique with the (current) design of the maverique flag faded in the background for ease of reading.

i’m trying to keep things shorter and concise compared to the last version, but in doing so i feel like i may be making this more difficult for others to understand…. feedback would be much appreciated. :/

egf  asked:

Sponsored by the radio this morning - when someone says "transman" or "transwoman" do those terms imply the pre- or post- transition gender at all? Radio dude was talking about the show Transparent and how he thought it was really good and opened his mind even more but he said "transman becoming a woman" and it got me wondering if "trans__________" was implicit.

I am assuming radio dude was talking about Maura, in which case this was definitely a miss on terminology.

With the usual disclaimer that it is an individual’s right to determine what terms work best for them, transman or transwoman can be used by somebody at any stage pre- and/or post- transition.  Either way the man/woman part refers to the gender someone identifies with (ie. Laverne Cox is a transwoman).  Some trans people, either out of principle or especially those living more “stealth” (ie. not out as trans) lives post-transition, may drop the “trans” from their gender identity once they are living fully as themselves but plenty retain that as a point of pride as well.

In the case of Maura, Transparent’s central character, she is a transwoman in the early stages of coming out/transition.  She is most definitely not a transman. 

The whole “man becoming a woman” thing is a little passe to me too (same goes for “born a boy” or “trapped in a man’s body”).  Most trans people have spent plenty of time thinking about their gender identity, and have a pretty clear sense of what it is well before they make a decision to transition (if they even decide to transition).  While not exclusively the case, I would say that many (if not most) trans identified people, and especially transitioners never really identified with their assigned sex.  Take it away, Laverne Cox…

I am really glad that Transparent and other shows (like Orange is the New Black) have people talking more about trans issues.  And I am glad that radio dude found it to be a mind-expanding experience.  That is all good news.  The terminology can be a little confusing if you are not immersed in it, so I tend to be somewhat forgiving if I can tell that people’s intentions are good, and are willing to listen.  But I would especially encourage those in the media to do the work to try and use appropriate terminology since they inevitably have a big impact on how people view and talk about these issues.

anonymous asked:

The word transsexual is almost like a slur to some, can you explain your thoughts on using it vs transgender... Is one more correct than the other? Thanks

I can’t say if one is more correct than the other because its personal preference. But the way i see it and the way I identify, I identify with transsexual more than transgender. Transsexual sounds scary, but when breaking it down, trans means changing right? So I see myself as changing my sex, hence transsexual as opposed to changing my gender with the term transgender. I have always been male, I am not changing my gender, I am changing my sexual characteristics that society labeled as feminine. 

anonymous asked:

I'm wondering if you can help me find articles that describe how if feels being ftm and how dysphoria affects us. I'm hoping that showing this sort of thing to my mom will help her understand how I feel and be able to actually talk to her about it.

Stuff like this will only be general, it is felt and experienced differently by everyone but they work to give an idea

What Does Body Dysphoria Feel Like
What Does Gender Dysphoria Feel Like?
That was Dysphoria?
What it Feels Like to be Transgender - (ignore the terrible terminology ‘trans genders’)
What its Really Like to Transition
What is Dysphoria - (video)

There is some to start with, Im sure there will be more similar things out there. It is a personal thing so that is how they feel, might not necessarily be how you feel. If there are any differences you explain to her how you personally feel about it