(c)afab (adj) (coercively) assigned female at birth

(c)amab (adj) (coercively) assigned male at birth

cisgender / cis (adj) denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with the gender assigned to them at birth.

cisnormative (adj) qualities that assume or resemble being cisgender; of or pertaining to cisnormativity.

cisnormativity (noun) the assumption that all, or almost all, individuals are cisgender.

compulsory heterosexuality (noun) the idea that heterosexuality is assumed and enforced by a patriarchal society. This refers to the idea that heterosexuality can be adopted by people regardless of their personal sexual preferences. Heterosexuality is viewed as the natural inclination or obligation.  ~ wikipedia, lol

desirability (noun) who and what is considered desirable is a set of traits (white, cisgender, able bodied, thin, affluent etc) taught to us early on, and determines how we treat people in the larger world. ~ definition adapted from Caleb Luna’s “Treating My Friends Like Lovers: The Politics of Desirability” from The Body is Not An Apology published online April 2nd 2017.

dysphoria (noun) the anxiety or distress a person faces due to the gender they were assigned at birth; can take many different forms.

dysphoric (adj) the qualities associated with or the qualities of experiencing dysphoria.

femme (adj/noun) a person who has one of a million kinds of queer femme or feminine genders. part of a multiverse of femme gendered people who have histories and communities in every culture since the dawn of time. a queer gender that often breaks away from white, able bodied, upper middle class, cis ideas of femininity, remixing it to harken to fat or working class or Black or brown or trans or non-binary or disabled or sex worker or other genders of femme to grant strength, vulnerability and power to the person embodying them. a revolutionary gender universe. ~ Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

gender binarism (noun) the idea that there are only “masculinity” and “femininity” which exist in opposition to one another. ~Alok Vaid-Menon

genderqueer (adj) denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identities with neither, both, or a combination of masculine and feminine genders.

HRT (noun) hormone replacement therapy. some trans and gender variant people utilize HRT to synchronize body with gender identity and sometimes to alleviate dysphoria. not all trans and gender variant people pursue HRT.

intersex (adj) referring to individuals born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies" (wikipedia).

masc (adj) a term adapted from the concept of masculinity, can be used to describe a range of gender identities.

nonbinary (adj.) describes any gender identity which does not t the male and female binary. there cannot be one definition, considering the number of nonbinary identities is infinite.

 *as of May 2019.

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