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Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: Grammar: A word that
substitutes the place of a noun
Laymen’s terms: A word that substitutes the use of a
thing (person, place, object)
MOST COMMON ENGLISH EXAMPLES: They, them, he,
Yes! There are more pronouns than just “she, they, them, and he” within the
English language, here’s some examples.
Gender neutral pronouns tend to be used mostly by
those within the trans* and transgender community.
No one “owns” a pronoun, so they are free to be used
by whoever. It’s whatever the person feels
comfortable calling themselves. Asking someone’s
pronoun is a LOT less invasive than asking “what
exactly are they”
The following words are considered offensive by people within the
trans* and transgender communities:
•“She-male”: Often associated with those who are in the
pornographic industry and prostitution
•“Tranny”: Another word popularized by the pornographic
industry, often used to highlight how trans-women aren’t “real
•“Tranny chaser”: A term that “encourages” to see trans* and
transgender individuals as just a sex object and nothing more
•“It”: Often used to describe an object, you wouldn’t like being
associated with something like a rock, right?
If you don’t know a term and you are afraid to use it in public, don’t
risk saying it in public. The best way to gain information is doing
research online. Only ask in public if you know the people wouldn’t
mind clarifying in a public setting
General consensus on a LGBT+ message board I was on came to
this general conclusion:
•MTF: Someone who was born male but wants to transition to a
•FTM: Someone who was born female, but wants to transition to
•Transgender: One whose gender identity and expression is opposite
of their physical sex.
•Trans*: One who does not identify with the sex that they were
assigned at birth.
•Transvestite: Someone who dresses or takes on "traditional“ gender
roles of the opposite sex (this term can be considered offensive, so be
careful with this one)
•Transexual: The process of changing your physical body to the
General consensus on a LGBT+ message board I was on came to this general
•Genderfluid: Gender identity that does not have a "constant" state. People who
ID as genderfluid often feel that their gender (in terms of masculinity and
femininity) often switch on a weekly, daily, sometimes hourly basis. Genderfluid
people can often feel: feminine one day, masculine one day, sometimes we feel
we encompass the two in perfect harmony, and sometimes we identify as
•Gender F*ck: A "parody" term (it started as a way to say f*ck you to the system,
essentially) to confuse cisgender people.
•Cisgender: Someone who was born female and IDs as female OR someone
who was born male and IDs as male
•Genderqueer: A "general" term for gender for those who don't ID as cisgender.
Be careful when this term is used, as some find it offensive.
•Agender: Someone who feels neither male or female
•Two Spirited: A native American origin term, these people belief they hold the
soul of a female and the soul of a male
•Androgynous: a term for a person who expresses or presents merged socially-defined
masculine and feminine characteristics, or mainly neutral
The best way to be up to date with gender terms is to
join social groups on social media. Textbooks are not a
reliable way to stay up to date with gender terms, since
gender is constantly changing and evolving with our
“Outing” is the physical process of telling someone
that someone is within the trans* or transgender
community (this can also apply to orientations as well).
DO NOT ever “out” someone in public, unless you
know the person is comfortable with having this type
of information known. Please be aware that in some
states, it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire
someone, based solely on gender identity and/or
The concept of “privilege” is a social construct, in which one
party is “naturally” on a “higher” level in the social “hierarchy”.
Everyone is born with “inherit” privileges, that are different from
•Heteronormative: the concept that “heterosexual is normal”
and is often used to deny the existence and/or be
disrespectful to those who identify as something other than
straight (bisexual, homosexual, asexual, etc…)
•Cisgender: a Latin prefix that means “on the same side of”,
if you were born female and ID as a girl, you are cisgender
and (vise versa), this is considered “normal” on the “gender
binary” (example: There’s only two genders!).
There’s nothing wrong with holding specifics traits, as long as
you don’t use those traits to abuse others.