1.4 Terminology: Transgender

Terminology: Transgender

  • An umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of individuals whose gender identity or expression may not match their biological makeup.
  • The term transgender can be facilitated to cover many different types of gender identities, histories, experiences, and expressions, including:
    • Individuals who have transitioned from one gender to another.
    • Individuals who intend to transition from one gender to another but have not started the process.
    • Individuals who use hormones for a short duration of time, or may opt for one or more surgeries (e.g., breast augmentation or mastectomy, facial feminization, gender reassignment surgery).
    • Those who identify as a gender other than male or female.
    • Cross-dressers and others who identify as one gender but sometimes dress in clothing usually worn by another gender.
National Center for Transgender Equality (2018)
ACOG (2021)