Differently Gendered People
Clarifying the Diversity
Definitions of different kinds of people,
who may identify as differently gendered or (transgender).
- a broad term used to encompass
all manifestations of crossing gender barriers. It includes all
who crossdress or otherwise transgress gender norms, and all others
who wish to belong. The Minnesota Human Rights Act
transgender people and defines them as: having or being
perceived as having a self-image or identity not traditionally
associated with ones biological maleness or femaleness.
- the preferred term for one who enjoys dressing as their
opposite sex; a part-time activity which can involve a degree of
exploration into gender identity.
- the original term for "cross-dresser",
which has acquired a connotation of fetishism and perversion.
Bi gender / Dual gender:
- a person who possesses and expresses a distinctly masculine
persona and a distinctly feminine persona. Is comfortable in and
enjoys presenting in both gender roles.
Transgenderist (cross living):
- a term used specifically to describe a person who expresses
a gender contrary to the normal expectation of their anatomy-most or
all of the time-but feels no need for Gender Reassignment Surgery.
F to M or M to F:
- abbreviations used to describe female to
male or male to female transgender people.
- one who feels their anatomy should be altered to
correspond with their dominant gender; may live full-time
in their dominant gender, but hasn't yet had Gender Reassignment
Surgery (GRS) - or may never be able due to health or financial problems.
- one who has had GRS and lives full-time, often preferring
to drop the label since it refers primarily to their transition.
Two spirited (Berdache):
- term used by most anthropologists for transgendered
Native-American Shamans, whose traditions varied between tribes.
Female or male Impersonator:
- persons who crossdress as a performing art and/or as stage
personalities. They may also consider themselves drag
performersand may or may not consider themselves to be transgender.
- a man or woman dressed as the opposite gender, many times
overdone or outrageous and may present a stereotyped image.
Often lesbian or gay.
- a profound blend of gender which blurs the
distinction between masculine and feminine.
The Third Sex:
- generally a term applied to transgender people who
express a "gender alternative" to traditional
masculine or feminine roles.
- dressing in such a way as to question the traditional feminine
or masculine qualities assigned to articles of clothing or adornment.
Gender bending may be a part of fashion, or possibly
a political Statement.
- one who is born with ambiguous anatomical features or
features of both male and female.