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Gender Glossary: Current gender identity


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Term and Definition:

Current gender identity (or self-assigned gender identity): Current gender identity refers to an individual’s self-definition of gender or, more precisely, their "felt-sense" of being in a particular gender category. In this way, current gender identity is thought to reflect one's true, underpinning, or core gender identity--or the sense of self that one experiences as personal, irrespective of what other people might think or infer from appearance. Current gender identity (self-judgment) can therefore be contrasted with birth-assigned gender category (another person's judgment based only on anatomy). The combination of birth-assigned and current gender identities can be organized into two classes: cisgender experiences and transgender spectrum experiences.

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Note: This glossary of terms was compiled by Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (who publishes under "Charlotte Chuck Tate" to have female, trans, and butch lesbian visibility simultaneously), and Jay Ledbetter, M.A., in an attempt to provide quick, concise definitions of gender-related concepts to a general audience. Most of the definitions are paraphrased and expanded from manuscripts and published articles by these two authors. All of the definitions were inspired by and summarize existing work on gender identity in gender studies. Accordingly, the point of the glossary is not to provide definitive definitions of the terms listed; instead, the point of the glossary is to help people understand the various experiences of gender that people have and how these experiences are related to psychological science.

On a practical level, this means that some scholars and activists may disagree with some the definitions within the glossary (esp. concerning the meaning of “genderqueer”). Nonetheless, we offer the glossary as a starting point, and, an admittedly incomplete, compendium so that readers of Dr. Tate’s websites can have some understanding of the terms used. This is a living document and will change over time with additional research, findings, and feedback.

For those interested in further discussions (both academic and popular) of the gender categories and concepts presented in this glossary, we may find this bibliography helpful.