(gerund noun | to pass, verb, -ed, -ing, -es)
It is often used to express being seen and treated as a cisgender person, but it can be used more widely to describe being seen as any gender. Example: Jayke passes as a cisgender man in public. Riley is passing as androgynous today. It’s important to note the original context for “passing” meant “to pass as white.” It has very different connotations for Black people. The emphasis on “passing as cis” is very much a white-led movement that is harmful to Black people, while directly erasing their history and reality.
e.g. Loreza disliked compliments that said she passed well, as that felt demeaning toward her gender identity.
Further reading to gain expanded context:
Wikipedia entry for Passing (sociological concept)
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