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It’s important to note that the terms used when discussing gender and the trans or non-binary community are many and varied, they also change and shift very quickly.
Most importantly, it is a personal thing; you may have your own definitions of some of these words, or you may come across people using others. Not everyone will want to be known by the same terms so rather than getting into an argument about definitions, the most important thing is to be respectful of someone else’s identity.
You can read more about what gender is and this includes a short guide to being respectful in your communication with someone who is trans.
Brook works hard to keep pace and to reflect all the terms out there, but if you feel we’ve missed something out, or would like to share a term we haven’t mentioned, please email us with the subject ‘gender’.
Content reviewed by Kirstie McEwan – Lead tutor in Gender Studies, Cambridge Institute of Clinical Sexology, accredited therapist and trustee of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.
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