The Social Perception, Attitudes, Mental Simulation Lab

Gender Glossary: Transgender Spectrum Experience


logo

 

 

(Make sure to refresh your browser to have the most current version of this page)

Term and Definition:

Transgender spectrum experience (or trans*): Refers collectively to genderqueer individuals, trans men, and trans women as a class of gender experiences that are united insofar as they all indicate (in different ways) a current gender identity that is different from one's birth-assigend category. Trans* experience can be definitionally contrasted with cisgender experience to the extent that cisgender individuals experience their current gender identity using the same label as their birth-assigned catgeory.

Return to Glossary of Gender-Related Terms

Go to our Definition List of Gender-Related Terms (all terms; alphabetically listed)

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.