Gender Identity Terms

Gender IdentityOne’s internal sense of self as either male, female, a blend of both or neither which can be the same or different from a person’s sex assigned at birth.

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

Transgendera term for someone who has a gender identity that does not align with what they were assigned at birth.

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 two genders and/or to have a tendency to move between masculine and feminine gender-typed behavior depending on context.

Genderqueer: A person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions and may have neither or both masculine and feminine characteristics. This identity is usually related to the questioning/challenging of the social construction of gender, gender norms and the gender binary.

Genderfluid: Referring to a gender identity that changes with time and/or situation; an individual that does not have a fixed gender identity and/or expression.

Pangender: A person whose gender identity is comprised of multiple genders.

Two Spirit: a culturally distinct gender that describes Indigenous North Americans who fulfill 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.