A GLOSSARY FOR TRANSGENDER TERMS HELPS THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES

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The BBC introduced a Glossary for transgender terms as follows:

LGBT+: stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The plus sign represents other sexual and gender groups

Transgender: Applies to a person whose gender is different from their “assigned” sex at birth

Cisgender: Applies to someone whose gender matches their “assigned” sex at birth (ie someone who is not transgender)

Non-binary: Applies to a person who does not identify as “male” or “female”

Genderqueer: Similar to “non-binary” – some people regard “queer” as offensive, others embrace it

Genderfluid: Applies to a person whose gender identity changes over time.

It’s fair to say many people don’t know how to speak to or about transgender people. So what do the terms involved mean and what’s considered polite”? The BBC also put together a Transgender guide defining the following terms.

Transgender

Non-binary

Cisgender

Transgender man/transgender woman

Cross-dresser

Other groups in the United States have created expanded glossaries and guides at fuller glossary and Trans Media Watch.

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