Minus18 has a great glossary. We’ve included some key terms below.


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Cis or Cisgender:

Someone who is not transgender or gender diverse, and who identifies with the sex they were assigned by doctors at birth. The term is derived from Latin meaning ‘on the same side as’ and is used in contrast with ‘trans’ meaning ‘on the other side of’.

Gender diverse or gender non-conforming:

Describes a person who feels that their gender identity does not fit into the categories associated with their birth assigned sex. For example, someone who is raised as a girl may feel as though the categories of female/feminine are restrictive, or don’t apply to them. Questioning how gender stereotypes relate to you is normal. Some people, and many cultures, have more genders than male or female.

Non-binary or gender non-binary or genderqueer:

These umbrella terms describe people who have a gender that doesn’t fit neatly into a binary category of male/ man/ masculine or female/ woman/ feminine. Their identity can be: a mix of genders; genders which are fluid and can change; or something else entirely.

Trans or transgender:

Sometimes gender diverse people feel that their gender doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth, i.e. someone born with a penis might identify as a girl – this is referred to as being transgender. Sometimes trans people change their name, pronouns, their clothes, behaviours, or their bodies. Sometimes they don’t.