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Academic Glossary of Gender-Related Terms




Glossary of Gender-Related Terms

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Note: This glossary of terms was compiled by Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (who publishes under "Charlotte Chuck/y Tate" to have female, trans, and butch lesbian visibility simultaneously), and Jay Ledbetter (now Bettergarcia), 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.

Terms included in this Glossary: (alphabetical listing)

Birth-assigned gender category


Cisgender experience

Cisgender man (cis man)

Cisgender woman (cis woman)

Current gender identity


Genderqueer (or non-binary)

Transgender experience

Transgender man (trans man)

Transgender woman (trans woman)

Transgender spectrum experience (or trans*)

To view all definitions in our glossary on one webpage (in alphabetical order), click here