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  • What does transition mean?

    The term “transition” is an umbrella term that refers to processes where a trans individual moves from one gender presentation to another.

    There are 3 broad aspects to this. A trans individual may transition in any combination, or none at all.

  • What does transgender mean?

    A transgender person's gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. This includes people who identify with multiple genders, no gender, or genders outside the man/woman binary. Not all transgender people choose to undergo medical transition.
  • What is a trans woman?

    A trans woman is short for a transgender woman, and refers to a person whose gender identity and/or gender expression is that of a woman, but was assigned the male sex at birth.
  • What is a trans man?

    A trans man is short for a transgender man, and refers to a person whose gender identity and/or gender expression is that of a man, but was assigned the female sex at birth.
  • What do they / them / theirs pronouns mean?

    This set of pronouns is traditionally used to refer to groups of people (plural). However, these pronouns are increasingly used as gender neutral pronouns to refer to a single person (singular).
  • What does straight mean?

    Straight is a colloquial term used to describe heterosexual people.
  • What do she / her / hers pronouns mean?

    “She / Her / Hers” is a set of gender-specific pronouns used to refer to women or girls.

  • What does sexual-ish mean?

    Sexual-ish refers to a “grey” spectrum of sexuality that lies between asexuality and sexuality. A person on this spectrum may experience sexual attraction on occasion or only towards specific people (e.g. people they’re in a romantic relationship with). People in this spectrum are known as “grey- A”, “grey ace”, “grace”, “semisexual”, “asexual-ish” or “sexual-ish”. 
  • What's the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression?

    A person’s sexual orientation refers to how they’re romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted or not attracted to others.
  • What does sexual orientation mean?

    A person’s sexual orientation refers to their enduring romantic, emotional, and/or sexual attraction or non-attraction to other people. 
  • What is sexism?

    Sexism refers to a prejudice, hatred, or hostility towards people based on their sex. Because the male sex is the socioeconomically advantaged sex, sexism often unfairly disadvantages women.
  • What is sex reassignment surgery?

    Sex reassignment surgery refers to the surgical alteration of a person’s sex, which can form a part of a trans person’s transition process.