Sometimes written as transmasculine or trans masculine (all of which are considered acceptable), this term is used, often by AFAB trans people but not exclusively, to express a relationship to masculinity or maleness, but who may not have a completely male identity. Transmasculine is sometimes used as a direct stand in for AFAB trans people as a whole, but not all AFAB trans people identify as masculine and not all transmasculine people were AFAB, so while this is relatively common, it’s not necessarily the best way to use this term.
Transmasculine people may or may not transition physically, legally, or socially. Categorically, transmasculine people are considered under the transgender umbrella but may or may not identify with that or other terms individually. Those decisions are based on their understanding of their relationship with gender and their access to transitioning within their culture.
e.g. Tory identified as a transmasculine nonbinary person so he didn’t mind he/him pronouns.
Return to the Index.