The following terms are used in both popular culture and contemporary academic settings to describe the virtually unlimited manifestations of “gender identity”:
Androgeny / Androgenous
Cross Dresser (CD)
Drag (In Drag)
FTM or F->M or F2M (Female to Male)
Female Impersonator (FI)
Genetic Male/Man (GM)
Genetic Female/Woman (GF/GW)
Genetic Girl (GG)
MTF or M->F or M2F (Male to Female)
Pre-operative Transsexual (Pre-op TS)
Stem (a feminine-identified lesbian)
Stud (a masculine-identified lesbian)
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
“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.