Terminology

Terminology

The Office of Diversity and Community (ODC) recognizes that terminology changes.  If there are any discrepancies with the listed terminology or if you recommend additions to this list, please feel free to contact Reesa at Reesar@uca.edu or 450-3138.

  • Cisgender Describes a person whose sex matches his or her gender.  A cisgender person can be attracted to someone of the same sex or opposite sex.
  • Transgender – describes a person whose gender identity does not match the sex assigned at birth.
  • Transexual – a person who has undergone a medical transition to make their gender match their sex.
  • Pan sexual /omni sexual – attraction toward people of all gender identities.
  • Two –spirit– a North American term that describes a person with both male and female gender roles.  Zuni Indians did not assign sex at birth but at age 3-4.  They allowed a child to grow into their sexuality.  This is considered a third gender.
  • Drag – Drag queens and kings cross dress for performance and entertainment purposes.  They may or may not be transgender.
  • PGP– Means Preferred Gender Pronouns.  This relates to what a person wishes to be called (she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them theirs).
  • FtM/MtF- Abbreviations for trans men and trans  women.  Indicates one is Female to Male or Male to Female.
  • Gender queer– Commonly used for individuals who do not strictly identify as male or female.  This could mean gender fluid, no gender, multiple genders or a third gender all together.
  • Gender neutrality – describes the idea that language and policies should avoid distinguishing roles according to people’s gender or sex to avoid discrimination.
  • Queer – Reclaimed word used as an umbrella term for a gay male, lesbian, transgender, bisexual.
  • DFAB/DMAB- Designated female at birth/designated male at birth.
  • Intersex- Congenital variations in the reproductive system resulting in ambiguous genitals.