A guide to sexuality terminology

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Androgenous
Transitional Glimpse Station website: Term for someone presenting not male or female.
Urban Dictionary: A male or female who could be mistaken for either sex. Someone whom it is not always obvious at first glance as to whether they are male or female.

Crossdresser
TGStation: Someone who dresses as the opposite sex for non-sexual reasons. A mild form of transsexualism.
Urban Dictionary: A person who dresses in clothes normally only associated with the opposite gender. Only refers to the clothes a person is wearing.

Gender Dysphoria
TGStation: Someone with persistent discomfort with his or her sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex.

Gender Fuck
Urban Dictionary: Gender fuck is the practice of bending stereotypical gender appearances and mannerisms, resulting in a mixture of masculinity and femininity.

Intersexed
TGStation: A man or woman who has a mixture of male and female sexual organs. Previously known as a hermaphrodite.
Urban Dictionary: The condition of being neither male nor female, but something in between.

Queer
Urban Dictionary: Originally meant to describe something as unusual or strange. It became a derogatory word to describe homosexuals. More recently, it has been reclaimed by non-heterosexuals as a word to describe themselves. It can now be used to describe homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered people.

Transgendered
TGStation: Umbrella term referring to anyone who crosses traditional gender norms for a man or woman in society. Refers to people who are not comfortable with or who reject, in whole or in part, their birth-assigned gender identities. It includes transsexuals, crossdressers and intersexed individuals. The personal characteristics that are associated with gender identity include self-image, physical and biological appearance, behaviour and conduct, as they relate to gender.
Urban Dictionary: When one’s gender and sex are not always or ever equivalent. It may or may not have any bearing on sexual preferences.

Transsexual
TGStation: An individual who has the desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by the wish to make his or her body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex through surgery and hormone treatment.
Urban Dictionary: One who wishes to be considered by society as a member of the opposite sex, because they have the external genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics of one sex, but their personal identification and psychosocial configuration is that of the opposite sex.

Transvestite
TGStation: Someone who dresses in the clothing of the opposite sex for sexual fetish or recreational reasons.
Urban Dictionary: A person who dresses and acts in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite sex.

Two-spirited
McGill University’s “Project/Project Interaction:” The term two-spirited, though relatively new, was derived from interpretations of Native languages used to describe people who displayed both characteristics of male and female.

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