Gender Identities

Gender Identities

GENDER IDENTITIES

The following terms are used in both popular culture and contemporary academic settings to describe the virtually unlimited manifestations of “gender identity”:

Androgeny / Androgenous

Bigendered

Bi Dyke

Boi

Boy

Boydyke

Bro-sis

Butch

ButchDyke

Camp

Cross Dresser (CD)

Cross-Living

Drag (In Drag)

Drag King

Drag Queen

Dyke

FTM or F->M or F2M (Female to Male)

Femme

Femme Dyke

Female

Female Bodied

Female Impersonator (FI)

Fetishistic Transvestite

Gender Illusionist

Gender Neutral

Gender-Bender

Gender-Blender

Genderqueer

Genetic Boy

Genetic Male/Man (GM)

Genetic Female/Woman (GF/GW)

Genetic Girl (GG)

Girl

Grrl

Half-dyke

Hermaphrodite

Heteroflexible

Hir

Intersex

MTF or M->F or M2F (Male to Female)

Male

Male Impersonator

Metamorph

Monogendered

Multigendered

Neuter

No-gendered

Non-op

Omnisexual

Pansexual

Pre-operative Transsexual (Pre-op TS)

Polygendered

Post-operative Transsexual

Queer

Queerboi

Shape Shifter

Stem (a feminine-identified lesbian)

Stud (a masculine-identified lesbian)

Trannyboi

Trannydyke

Trannyfag

Transboi

Transgendered

Transgenderist

Transitioning

Transmale

Transsexual (TS)

Transvestite

Trans-identified

Trisexual

Two-Spirit

Ze

Sources

GSA’s Beyond the Binary — A Tool Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools http://www.transgenderlawcenter.org/pdf/beyond_the_binary.pdf

Peeing In Peace — http://www.transgenderlawcenter.org/pdf/PIP%20Resource%20Guide.pdf

Boi or grrl? Pop culture blurs gender lines: From metrosexuals to Ellen, gender-bending goes mainstream, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9556134/

Carnegie Mellon University Women’s Center (Feminism and Women’s Studies): http://feminism.eserver.org/sexual-gender-identity.txt

Hans, T. Aaron, Gender Terminology List, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Washington, DC.

Hirschfeld, Scott, Defining Gender in Straight Jackets: Gender Variance in a Pink or Blue World, GLSEN Education Department Resource, 2000.

Kimball, Linda, A Pink Tufted, Punk Green Android Named Trannyboi, May 12, 2005, www.christian-underground.com.

Rathke, Lisa, University of Vermont adds gender-neutral bathrooms, USA Today, August 26, 2007, http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-08-26-vermont_N.htm

Siragusa, Nicolette, The Language of Gender, GLSEN Resource Center, October 1, 2001, http://www.glsen.org/templates/resources/record.html?section=18&record=1013

Transgender Terminology: http://www.banyancounselingcenter.com/tsterminology.html

Notable quotes

“Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family; and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society. We must keep our eyes on the goals of providing true alternatives to marriage and of radically reordering society’s view of reality.” – Paula Ettelbrick, law professor and homosexual activist

“I think the fluidity of gender is the next big wave in terms of adolescent development… Gender has become part of the defining way that youth organize themselves and rebel against adults.” – Caitlin Ryan, clinical social worker at San Francisco State University, past president of the National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation, and consultant to the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) on the issue of Gay Straight Clubs on high school campuses.

“At the very basic level, it’s about telling society that we’re not going to adhere to your rules. At some level, it is very political and anti-mainstream society. And on a different level, it’s also very personal — trying to figure yourself out.” – T.J. Jourian, a 24-year-old graduate student at Michigan State University who specifically calls himself a “transmale.”

“It’s pretty simple…You are what you feel.” – Laura Dziewior, a 17-year-old senior at a Chicago Catholic high school.

“If you’re not a man or woman, words like gay or lesbian don’t fit you anymore. The words from just a few years ago aren’t adequate to talk about who we are, where we’re coming from, and who we are like.” – Sam Davis, founder of United Genders of the Universe

“The language thing is tricky……I feel sorry for straight people.” – Thom Lynch, director of San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center.

“Tricky, but healthy and empowering. We in society…..are developing new understandings of sexual orientation and gender identities…….We don’t really have enough language to describe that; therefore we have to create new words.” – Carolyn Laub, director of Gay Straight Alliance Network.