Gender Identity Terms

Cisgender: a term for someone who has a gender identity that aligns with what they were assigned at birth.

Transgender: An umbrella term that can potentially cover all people who transgress or transcend (go beyond the limits of) society’s rules and concepts of gender.

Non-Binary: An umbrella term that refers to any gender identities that do not fall into the binary categories of “male” or “”female”.

Intersex: A person whose combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, gonads, and/or genitals differs from one of the two expected patterns.

Demiboy:  “Can be used to describe either someone assigned male at birth who feels but the barest association with that identification or as someone assigned female at birth who is transmasculine but not wholly binary-identified, so that they feel a vague association with social or physical “masculinity”.

Demigirl:  Can be used to describe either someone assigned female at birth who feels but the barest association with that identification,  or someone assigned male at birth who is transfeminine but not wholly binary-identified, so that they feel more strongly associated with “female” than “male”.

Agender:  Not identifying with any gender, the feeling of having no gender.

Gender Non-conforming: A gender expression or identity that is outside or beyond a specific culture or society’s gender expectations; A term used to refer to individuals or communities who may not identify as transgender, but who do not conform to traditional gender norms.

Bigender: To identify as both genders and/or to have a tendency to move between masculine and feminine gender-typed behavior depending on context.

Genderqueer: A person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders. This identity is usually related to or in relation to the social construction of gender, gender stereotypes and the gender binary system.

Genderfluid: Referring to a gender identity that changes with time and/or situation as opposed to a fix sex-role or gender queer expression.

Pangender: A person whose gender identity is comprised of many gender expressions.

Two Spirit: “a culturally distinct gender that describes Indigenous North Americans who fulfills one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations indigenous groups.”

Definitions provided by "Genderqueer Identities", the Gender Equity Resource Center at Berkeley, and Gender Wiki.

This list is not exhaustive. If you have any suggestions for identities that should be added to the list, please contact us at ccgcgender@csufresno.edu.