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Gender Related Queer Words

Here’s a list of gender related queer words provided by Colin Jon david Stewart. Remember, no list is exhaustive or concrete. Words come and go as social norms change.

Heteronormative: Assuming that everyone you see is heterosexual and heteroromantic, and that that is the normal and preferred way to be.

Cisnormative: The assumption that a person’s gender identity, gender expression, pgp, and sex are all the same, and that that is the normal and preferred way to be.

Ally: A cisgender and straight person who supports the individuals of the queer and LGBTQIAP-etc. communities.

LGBTQIAP-etc.: An acronym of varying length to refer to the community of people with identities that aren’t considered the norm.

Queer: A word reclaimed by many LGBTQIAP-etc. communities, and then used as either a generic coverall for the community and/or a sexuality or romantic identity that isn’t straight.

(P)Qiltbag: An acronym for the queer and LGBTQIAP-etc. community pronounced quilt bag. Considered far more inclusive than LGBT.

Questioning: The process of exploring one’s sexual orientation, romantic orientation, preferred pronouns, or gender identity.

Gender Identity: How someone self identifies their gender or genders.

Cisgender: A person who identifies with the gender that they were assigned at birth. Also referred to as cis.

Cis woman: An AFAB person who identifies as female.

Cis man: An AMAB person who identifies as male.

Transgender: A person whose assigned at birth gender is not the gender they identify as, or not the only gender they identify as. Not always transsexual.

Trans Umbrella: A coverall for all gender related identities that are not cisgender.

Binary: Referring to the social construct of two genders – male and female – that are considered the norm.

Non-binary: Any gender that is not male or female, which are the binary genders.

Gender Binary: The classification of sex and gender into two distinct, opposite, and disconnected forms, of female femininity with she, her, and hers pronouns and male masculinity with he, him, his pronouns, that shuts out all non-binary pronouns, genders, and presentations.

Pronouns: The way you refer to somebody you do not know the name of, or are not actively referring to with their name.

PGP: Either: Personal Gender Pronouns; or Preferred Gender Pronouns.

Female: A binary gender identity that is considered the norm, often misconstrued with being born with a vagina.

AFAB: Assigned Female At Birth. Also FAAB, Female Assigned At Birth, or DFAB, Designated Female At Birth.

Male: A binary gender identity that is considered the norm, often misconstrued with being born with a penis.

AMAB: Assigned Male At Birth. Also MAAB, Male Assigned At Birth, or DMAB, Designated Male At Birth.

Gender Expression: How someone chooses to visually express their gender. Somebody’s entire appearance is not always synonymous with their gender expression.

Butch: Masculine in appearance or behavior. Typically used by female identified folk, or lesbian identified folk.

Androgynous: Presentation that contains both masculine and feminine traits.

Femme: Feminine in appearance or behavior. Commonly used by lesbian women and gay men.

Closeted: A queer or LGBTQIAP-etc. person who has not told some or all of the people around them about their true self, and is still considered the cisgender heterosexual monoamorous norm.

Coming Out: When a queer or LGBTQIAP-etc. person tells the people around them about their true self, and steps out of the cisgender heterosexual monoamorous norm previous placed upon them.

Out: A queer or LGBTQIAP-etc. person who is not closeted about their true self and lives as their true self.

Outting: When somebody knows another’s queer or LGBTQIAP-etc. identity and reveals it without permission, or without knowing that that person is closeted.

Passing: A controversial term used to refer to a binary trans person who is able to be seen as their gender identity without confusion, transphobia targeting them, or messed up pronouns.

Stealth: A word used to refer to either a binary trans person who passes going through the world letting a cisnormative society assume they are cisgender, or occasionally by people with queer sexual and romantic identities who are out in few parts of their life that let a heteronormative society assume they are straight. These people might have partners that they never let anyone know about.

Transition: The steps that a trans person may go through to either become socially accepted as their true self, or look and feel more comfortable as themselves, living their true self. Also, the steps a binary trans person may go through to pass or go stealth.

Trans woman: An AMAB person who identifies as female.

MTF: Male to Female. Used by trans people who are AMAB who identify as female.

Trans man: An AFAB person who identifies as male.

FTM: Female to Male. Used by trans people who are AFAB who identify as male.

Intersex: A person who is born with some variant of physical, hormonal, and chromosomal traits of both the male and female sexes.

Enby: A shortening of non-binary. Also written as NB.

NB: An abbreviation of non-binary. Also written as enby.

Androsexual: A person sexually attracted to either the male gender, people with penis’, and/or masculine presentation.

Androromantic: A person romantically attracted to either the male gender, people with penis’, and/or masculine presentation.

Gynosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to either the female gender, people with vaginas’, and/or feminine presentation.

Gynoromantic: A person who is romantically interested in either the female gender, people with vaginas’, and/or feminine presentation.

Skoliosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to non-binary people. Can be considered controversial.

Skolioromantic: A person who is romantically interested in non-binary people. Can be considered controversial.

FTNB: Female to Non-Binary. Used by trans people are AFAB who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, or other genders that aren’t considered the norm.

MTNB: Male to Non-Binary. Used by trans people are AMAB who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, or other genders that aren’t considered the norm.

Agender: A gender identity referring to having no gender.

MTA: Male to Agender. Used by trans people who are AMAB who identify as agender.

FTA: Female to Agender. Used by trans people who are AFAB who identify as agender.

Bigender: A person who has two genders that they experience simultaneous and/or separately. These genders could both be binary, could both be non-binary, or could be a mix.

Demigender: A person who identifies partially as a specific gender.

Demigirl: A person whose gender identity is somewhere in the spectrum of girl, feminine, or woman, but not quite, always, or even primarily.

Demiboy: A person whose gender identity is somewhere in the spectrum of boy, masculine, or male, but not quite, always, or even primarily.

Demienby: A person whose gender identity is somewhere in the spectrum of non-binary, genderqueer, or gendervariant, but not quite, always, or even primarily.

Genderqueer: A person who does not identify with a binary gender, but as neither, both, a combination of genders, a third gender, or something else.

Genderfluid: A person who identifies with a dynamic shift and mix in their gender between two or more genders.

Gendervariant: A person who identifies as a non-binary gender.

Genderneutral: A person whose gender feels neutral, not absent. Sometimes referred to as neutrois.

Genderless: A person who does not identify with any gender.

Gendervoid: A variant of agender, referring to not having a gender, but there’s still occasionally something there.

Pangender: A gender identity that refers to having many genders which may be experienced together, separately, and/or in flux. Usually more than two.

Third Gender: A person who identifies with a specific gender that is neither male nor female.

Trigender: A person who identifies with three genders that they may experience, together, separately, and/or in flux.

Transfeminine: A person whose gender feels feminine, but not female. Usually accompanied by feminine presentation. Almost exclusively used by AMAB folk.

Transmasculine: A person whose gender feels masculine, but not male. Usually accompanied by masculine presentation. Almost exclusively used by AFAB folk.

Transandrogynous: A person whose gender feels masculine and feminine, but not male and female. Usually accompanied by androgynous presentation.

Transsexual: A person whose assigned at birth sex is not the sex they identify as. People who are transsexual are often also transgender.

Cross dressing: Wearing clothes that are considered abnormal of your gender identity.

Drag: Dressing up in exaggerated gender roles – hyper femininity, hyper masculinity, a literal half and half outfit depicting male and female, etc. – for performance.

Drag Queen: A usually male identified person who dresses up in hyper feminine drag.

Drag King: A usually female identified person who dresses up in hyper masculine drag.

Transvestite: A person who derives sexual pleasure from dressing in clothes associated with the opposite sex.

Two-Spirit: Either a Native American or First Nations person who is queer or LGBTQIAP-etc. or a Native American or First Nations person who is both female and male.

Ey/Em/Eir: Gender neutral pronouns that come from the shortening of they, them, and their, by removing the ‘th.’

Fae/Faer/Faers: Less commonly known gender neutral pronouns.

They/Them/Their: Common non-binary pronouns.

Xe/Xem/Xyr: Less common non-binary pronouns.

Zie(Ze)/Zir/Zirs: Common non-binary pronouns within the queer and LGBTQIAP-etc. community.

Zy/Zys: Less common non-binary pronouns.

He/Him/His: Binary pronouns associated heavily with the male gender. Sometimes used by non-binary people.

(She)/Her/Hers: Binary pronouns associated heavily with the female gender. Sometimes used by non-binary people.

Hir/Hirs: Commonly used non-binary pronouns within the queer and LGBTQIAP-etc. community. A play on combining he and her in pronunciation.

Hu/Humes: An uncommon non-binary pronoun.

It/Its: Uncommon controversial non-binary pronouns.

 

 

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