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Someone whose gender does not match the sex assigned to them at birth. Transgender is a term and concept that includes a wide variety of gender labels including male, female, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine, agender, and more. A transgender woman is a person who was assigned male at birth based on her anatomy but who identifies as a woman. A transgender man is a person who was assigned female at birth based on his anatomy but who identifies as a man. Some men who were assigned female at birth do not embrace trans labels, and some women who were assigned male at birth do not embrace trans labels. These people may identify themselves simply as a man or a woman. Avoid using transgender as a noun, as in “a transgender,” or with an extra -ed on the end, as in “transgendered.” Also avoid joining the word trans together with someone’s gender (e.g., transman, transwoman). This should be written as two separate words: trans man, trans woman. See also: Agender, Cisgender, Nonbinary.

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