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Put Your Labels on Hold: It’s Reboot Time!

TG, transgender, gender identity, TG terms

Gender identity can be as varied as the colors in a box of crayons…

I am entering into this series due to a number of requests and much expressed interest on the topic of being transgender (TG), which is, unfortunately, still vastly misunderstood by so many.

The topic of being TG is one that seems to be a foreign concept to the masses – and it is even a source of confusion for some of those who live it, making it near difficult if not impossible to know exactly how to talk about or express it. I am penning this series of posts especially for those who are TG, so that it may help them to be better understood by others and accept themselves for who they are, beyond the confines of labels.

That said, in order to ensure some consistency and hence better communication via use of a uniform “language” by all who read this series, I want to first point out the differences in a few terms frequently misused in common, everyday language: “sex” and “gender”…

Sex Versus Gender: What’s the Difference?

Even the Dictionary Gets Confused

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, sex is defined as follows: “either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures” and goes on to define sex specifically as “genitalia”.

While gender can be found defined by this same resource as “sex,” the primary definition of gender is “the state of being male or female”.

Getting Us on the Same Page

For our purposes -and out of pure respect and acknowledgment of trying to better understand the TG community– we are going to bypass an interchangeability of these two words as has become the incorrect gold standard in social language.

That means we will use sex is to mean the sexual anatomy – or genitals- with which one is born. Gender will be taken to mean the psychological state and resulting collective manifestation of male and/or female identity in an individual.

Within an individual’s own psyche, gender identity is defined by self-perception as to one’s degree of identification with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they are typically attributed to being male, female, and even neither or both.

Now, on to what transgender means…

Trans-woman, transgender, gender identity, TG, TS