Transphobia

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Similar to homophobia, transphobia is the fear of, or aversion to trans people or those perceived to not fit accepted male-female gender norms. Transphobia can also be internalised.

Transexual

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This term is typically used for a person who has changed, or is in the process of changing, their physical sex to conform to their gender identity.

Transgender

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A word that describes a wide variety of people whose gender identity is different to the sex they were assigned at birth. The term transgender can include a number of sub-categories, including, among others, transsexuals, cross-dressers, transvestites, genderqueer and consciously androgynous people.

Trans*

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Trans includes those who feel neither or both female/male or experience their gender as ‘fluid.’ This term is used to strategically describe gender diversity without using particular terms like transgender or transsexual. The asterisk signals that these terms are always evolving and incomplete and that language and identity categories can be limiting.

同志 (tongzhi)

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The Chinese word for comrade (the literal meaning of the characters is same will or same purpose). It has taken on various meanings in various contexts since the 20th century. Since the 1990s, the term is increasingly used to refer to sexual minorities mainly in Taiwan and Hong Kong and increasingly in Mainland China, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender …

Takatāpui

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A traditional term meaning ‘intimate companion of the same sex’. It has been reclaimed to embrace all Māori who identify with diverse genders and sexualities such as whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer. While some takatāpui identify as whakawāhine or tangata ira tāne, others identify as trans (an umbrella term for people who are transgender, …