Gender Dysphoria

Gender Dysphoria is a term used to describe the condition of feeling that one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female is not the same as their biological sex. Some individuals identify as Transgender which means that one’s sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with one’s birth sex. Some individuals “choose not to choose” when it comes to gender or sexual identity, and feel as though the language that we have available does not best describe how they feel about themselves, and this is normal too. Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) refers to an individual who does not identify as either Male or Female, and therefore feels more comfortable with the label of Gender non-conforming, or Gender Fluid (GF), or Gender Queer (GQ).

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Helpful Terms:

Pre-op: A transgender person who has not had surgery to alter his or her body, although he or she may want to.

Post-op: A transgender person who has had surgery.

Non-op: A transgender person who does not intend to have surgery.

Hormone therapy: Synthetic hormones are taken to affect things like body shape, hair growth patterns, and secondary sex characteristics.

T: Shorthand for the hormone testosterone, which is taken by some individuals who want to masculinize their appearance.

Gender confirmation surgery: Sometimes mistakenly called a “sex change operation,” and more recently “sex reassignment surgery,” this involves physically changing one’s sex through surgery. It is often accompanied by hormone treatments.

Genderqueer: Genderqueer refers to people who do not adhere to strictly male or female identities and roles. A genderqueer person often chooses to present as neither clearly male nor clearly female, but rather as a gender-free individual whose identity may shift and change over time.

Gender identity: A person’s inner emotional and psychological inclination as being male or female.

Gender expression: The gender an individual displays to the world and to those around him through things like dress, hairstyle or mannerisms.

Sexual orientation: This term addresses whether an individual is sexually attracted to men, women or both. It’s not the same as gender identity, which focuses on the gender a person identifies with.