“Full Time” / “Real Life Experience”

“Full Time” / “Real Life Experience”

(compound adverb | noun)

Living as your gender all of the time. This term comes from the older medical standards for transgender healthcare which required transgender people to live “full time” as their gender for a year in order to fulfill the “real life experience” requirement of treatment before being able to receive hormones. This term is falling out of use as the medical standards have dropped this requirement. This phrase is generally viewed as focusing too much on passing as cisgender to be the main goal of many trans people’s transition.

e.g. Leo lives full time as a man, but it still took nearly a year to get his hormone prescription.


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