Binary: A way of viewing gender as either male or female. The way that gender was viewed up until recent years.
Cisgender: A term used to describe someone whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth.
Dead Name: How some transgender people refer to their given name at birth.
Gender dysphoria: Clinically defined as significant and durational distress caused when a person’s assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify.
Gender expression: The external appearance of a person’s gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined masculine or feminine behaviors and characteristics.
Gender fluid: A person who does not identify with a single fixed gender, and expresses a fluid or unfixed gender identity. One’s expression of identity is likely to shift and change depending on context.
Gender identity: A person’s innermost concept of self as man, woman, a blend of both, or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. Gender identity can be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth.
Gender questioning: A person who may be processing, questioning, or exploring how they want to express their gender identity.
Misgender: Referring to or addressing someone using words and pronouns that do not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify.