(noun | bois, plural)

This term is used often by transgender people to express a relationship to masculinity or maleness but who may not have a completely male identity, used predominantly by trans people who are AFAB. It has a long history both in TQPOC communities and in BDSM/Leather communities, so it may be seen as appropriative in some contexts. Bois may or may not transition physically, legally, or socially. Categorically, bois people are considered under the masculine of center, non-binary and transgender umbrellas, but they may or may not identify with those terms individually. Those decisions are based on their understanding of their relationship with gender and their access to transitioning within their culture.

e.g. Tami told his partner that he is a boi, not a man.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

Mad About the Boi | Slate

Brown Boi Project

bklyn boihood

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