Transgender (Trans)

Transgender (Trans)

(adjective)

Often shortened as ‘trans’. Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender does not match their birth assignment to some degree. Transgender includes many of the terms in the Primer but individuals who identify with those terms might not identify as transgender specifically. How people identify with this term depends on the individual and their relationship with their gender. For example: non-binary people are categorically trans, as people who on some level do not identify with their birth assigned gender, but some non-binary individuals might not identify as transgender specifically. The line between being a gender-non-conforming cisgender person and a transgender person is not something that can be fully defined, as it is up to the individual to figure out how they identify and relate to gender. This is why it’s important to not assume people’s genders and instead have conversations about how we address and treat each other acceptably.

e.g. The transgender flag was created by a trans woman in 1999.

The Transgender Flag - A flag with 5 horizontal stripes: two blue stripes on the top and bottom, followed by two pinks stripes above and below a central white stripe. The blue represents men and boys, the pink represents women and girls, and the white stripe represents nonbinary people.

The Transgender Flag

A flag with 5 horizontal stripes: two blue stripes on the top and bottom, followed by two pinks stripes above and below a central white stripe. The blue represents men and boys, the pink represents women and girls, and the white stripe represents nonbinary people.


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