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TG, transgender, gender identity

  We are each what we see when we look into ourselves in the mirror.

What Exactly Does “Transgender” Mean?

The term transgender (or TG) literally means “across gender,” and being transgender is self-identifying one’s sense of gender in a manner that deviates in ANY way from the the hard-line, black-and-white notion that having a penis equates to one being male in identity or having a vagina equates to one being female in identity. (When those variables do match, it is known as being cisgender meaning “on the same side as”.)

Any deviation from these stereotypical societal dictates (of birth sex strictly aligning with one’s gender identity) assumes specific “appropriate,” “expected,” “acceptable,” and “sanctioned” gender roles (as I hate them being called) – which are actions, attitudes, ideas, behaviors, and the like- being denoted as either “male” or “female” roles.

(If that sounds outdated and sexist, that’s because it truly is.)

We need to move beyond this limited and superficial way of thinking…

Why All of This Terminology Talk?

With this series, I hope to give everyone who reads it a heightened sense of awareness of themselves and others and an increased ability to effectively communicate with each other. People -even within the TG community- love to quibble over terms and who is right or wrong, so…

It is my goal to give you reference points using a standardized form of terms so that it can be clear to the reader what I mean at all times, instead of perpetuating confusion using terms interchangeably that perhaps should well not be, and understand that the concept of being TG can apply not only to my wonderful trans women, but may also be fitting for some of my “girls” and “ladies” who consider themselves to be sissies or crossdressers, as well as those who may be or do consider themselves bigender, genderfluid, genderqueer or another TG identity.

We are all free to use any term we like to express and define ourselves, but we need to work harder to bridge the communication gap so that we may all be clear on who we are – with ourselves AND others, whether we consider ourselves cisgender or transgender.

Next up: What Does It Mean to BE Transgender?

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