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Transgender and Gender Minority Health Resources: Vocabulary

Understanding the Vocabulary

Words and phrases

Gender Expansive

Gender Creative

Gender Queer

Gender Nonbinary

Gender Fluid

Gender Awesome



Gender Neutral



Transgender is an adjective. It is not a noun, not a verb. Relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their sex assigned at birth. Antonym: cisgender. Abbreviate trans (with permission). It is not a medical condition. Example sentence: "Lavergn Cox is a fantastic actress who just happens to be transgender."

The current diagnostic language de-emphasizes identity as pathology.

Transsexualism/Gender Identity Disorder (ICD-10)

Characterized by a strong and persisten cross-gender identification coupled with persistent discomfort with his or her sex.


The information in this guide was presented by Scott Nass, MD MPA FAAFP AAHIVS. Director of Inpatient Education, Citrus Valley Health Partners Family Medicine Residency Program. President-Elect, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Pronouns: He/Him/His

Beyond the SEA: Partnering to Transform the Care Environment for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients. Retrieved from