All 56 of Facebook’s New Gender Identities Defined

IdentitiesIn alphabetical order:

• Agender – no gender expression and/or no gender identity.

• Androgyne – possessing simultaneously masculine and feminine traits

• Bigender – someone who has two separate genders. Male and female are but one example of the two genders.

• Cis – abbreviation for cisgender (and cissexual)

• Cisgender – people whose gender identities match their birth-assigned gender

• Cis Female – sex is female and gender identity is female

• Cis Male – sex is male and gender identity is male

• Cis Man – same as cis male but more specifically references the person identifying as cis male

• Cis Woman – same as cis female but more specifically references the person identifying as cis female

• Cisgender Female – equivalent to cis female

• Cisgender Male – equivalent to cis male

• Cisgender Man – equivalent to cis man

• Cisgender Woman – equivalent to cis woman

• Female to Male – people who are assigned by a cultural authority (usually a medical professional) a female sex at birth but whose gender identities  are male and who try in various ways to change their sex to match their gender identities.

• FTM – abbreviation for female to male

• Gender Fluid – a person who feels like a mix of traditional male and female genders but on some days feels more traditionally male gendered and others more traditionally female gendered

• Gender Nonconforming – appearing and behaving in ways that, according to society’s expectations, are atypical for one’s gender

• Gender Questioning – a person who is currently questioning or experimenting with gender identity

• Gender Variant – synonymous with gender nonconforming

• Genderqueer – the state of being beyond or between genders or a combination of genders. The term pushes back against the social construct aspect of the gender binary system, gender stereotypes, and gender itself.

• Intersex – a group of related medical conditions that present as a congenital deviation of the sexual and reproductive system. The external genitalia, internal reproductive systems, or sex chromosomes of an intersex person are not what is considered to be “standard” for females or males. The very existence of intersexuals proves that sex is constructed socially.

• Male to Female – a person who is assigned by a cultural authority (usually a medical professional) a male sex at birth but whose gender identity is female and who tries in various ways to change her sex to match her gender identity.

• MTF – abbreviation for male to female

• Neither – a gender identity that is non-binary, neither male nor female. Part of the genderqueer category

• Neutrois – a gender identity that is non-binary

• Non-binary – not part of the male/female gender binary (A binary is limiting because it has room for only two categories, and those categories must be opposites. In the gender binary, the categories are either male or female.)

• Other – of a gender identity that is not specified in the given selection

• Pangender – people who reject the male/female gender binary because they feel that they are all genders.

• Trans – an abbreviation of transgender

• Trans* – an umbrella term that includes all non-cisgender identities such as third gender, two-spirit, transgender, transvestite, transsexual, genderfluid, agender, non-binary, genderless, trans woman, trans man, genderfuck, bigender, and genderless. (Without the asterisk, trans refers to only trans women or trans men.)

• Trans Female – abbreviation for transgendered female

• Trans* Female – abbreviation for transgendered female but expanding the term trans by using the asterisk (see definition for trans* above)

• Trans Male – abbreviation for transgendered male

• Trans* Male – abbreviation for transgendered male but expanding the term trans by using the asterisk (see definition for trans* above)

• Trans Man – abbreviation for transgendered man

• Trans* Man – abbreviation for transgendered man but expanding the term trans by using the asterisk (see definition for trans* above)

• Trans Person – abbreviation for transgendered person

• Trans* Person – abbreviation for transgendered person but expanding the term trans by using the asterisk (see definition for trans* above)

• Trans Woman – abbreviation for transgendered woman

• Trans* Woman – abbreviation for transgendered woman but expanding the term trans by using the asterisk (see definition for trans* above)

• Transfeminine – an inclusive term for a transgendered person who is currently “feminine of center” in identity or presentation

• Transgender – people whose gender identity is not the same as societal expectations for their sex. People who feel the gender roles made by their society and their own internal gender are inharmonious, so they challenge, cross over, and move between the border that has been socially constructed between the genders.

• Transgender Female – a person who experiences her gender identity as female but who was assigned at birth to a male sex at by a cultural authority (usually a medical professional)

• Transgender Male – a person who experiences his gender identity as male but who was assigned at birth to a female sex by a cultural authority (usually a medical professional)

• Transgender Man – same as transgender male but more specifically references the person identifying as transgender male

• Transgender Person – a person who is trangender

• Transgender Woman – same as transgender female but more specifically references the person identifying as transgender female

• Transmasculine – an inclusive term for a person who is currently “masculine of center” in identity or presentation

• Transsexual – similar to a transgender but transsexuals feel that their correct sex aligns with their feelings and that their sex assignment at birth was incorrect. Transsexuals seek to align their gender with their sex.

• Transsexual Female – a transsexual assigned a male gender at birth by a cultural authority (usually a medical professional)

• Transsexual Male – a transsexual assigned a female gender at birth by a cultural authority (usually a medical professional)

• Transsexual Man – same as transsexual male but more specifically references the person identifying as a transsexual male

• Transsexual Person – a person who is transsexual

• Transsexual Woman – same as transsexual female but more specifically references the person identifying as a transsexual female

• Two-Spirit – an umbrella term used by indigenous North Americans to indicate a person who fulfills one of the mixed gender roles within First Nations and Native American tribes.

By Donna Westlund

Sources:

Kinsey Confidential
UC Berkeley
Genderqueerid

2 Responses to "All 56 of Facebook’s New Gender Identities Defined"

  1. MR R Ferrari   April 9, 2016 at 2:05 am

    are there in any other mammals the same gender identities? And what about plants?

    Reply
  2. Mr Mister   February 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Larf, not half

    Reply

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