When we talk about Genders, we just identify 2 Genders in general, Male and Female. A person may identify themselves as either of these Genders. Apart from this, since our childhood, we have been informed about the Transgender or Eunachs as someone, who is neither a male nor a female. That is how limited our knowledge of different Human Genders is.
Sorry, but until sometime ago, precisely about a year or so the same was my mindset. Until I saw the ad on Tinder, which now had dating option for 29 genders. So Hereunder is a brief definition of different genders as courtesy of news.com.au:
Woman: A person born as a female, and who identifies as female.
Man: A person born as a male, and who identifies as a male.
Transgender Man: A person who was assigned female at birth, but now identifies as a man. Some trans people choose to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Others prefer not to, but still identify as a different gender.
Transgender Woman: A person who was assigned male at birth, but who identifies as a woman. As above, some trans people choose to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Others prefer not to, but still identify as a different gender.
Trans person: This can mean transsexual or transgender. A transsexual is a person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex.
Trans Man: A trans man is someone who was assigned female at birth, but now identifies as a man.
Trans Woman: A person who was assigned male at birth, but who identifies as a woman
Female to Male: This term is often abbreviated to ‘FTM’ and refers to a transsexual or a transgender man.
Male to Female: This term is often abbreviated to ‘FTM’ and refers to a transsexual or a transgender female.
Transsexual: A person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex. Transsexuals are people who transition from one sex to another, usually through dress, hormone therapy, etc.
Cisgender: A person who identifies with the gender of which they were born. For example, if someone is born as a female and identifies as a woman.
Cis Female: Cis is short for cisgender. So a cisgender female is a female who identifies as a woman.
Cis Male: Cis is short for cisgender. A cisgender male is a male who identifies as a man.
Gender Non-Conforming: A person who does not identify with either the male of female genders.
Non-Binary: A person who does not identify entirely with either the female or male genders. They may identify somewhere on a spectrum.
Neutrois: Neutrois is a non-binary gender identity which is considered to be a neutral or null gender.
Genderfluid: A person who does not identify entirely with either the female or male genders. Genderqueer: An overarching term used to describe people who do not identify exclusively as either male or female.
Demigender: This term, (demi means half) is an umbrella term for nonbinary gender identities that have a partial connection to a certain gender.
Demigirl: A person (can also be called a demiwoman or a demifemale) who identifies partially with being a woman or has feminine characteristics. They may have been assigned female as birth, but they could also have been born as a male.
Demiboy: A person (can also be called a demiman or demimale) who identifies partially with being a man or masculine characteristics. They may have been assigned male at birth, but they could also have been born as a female.
Agender: This literally means ‘without gender’, so a person who doesn’t identify with any gender.
Intergender: Intergender people have a gender identity that is in the middle between the binary genders of female and male, and may be a mix of both.
Intersex: A person who is born with the reproductive anatomy of both a man and a woman. For example, they might appear to be female on the outside, but have mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. These people were previously referred to as hermaphrodites, but that term is considered rude and outdated.
Pangender: A person who identifies as more than one gender.
Translates to ‘many genders’. A person who identifies as more than one gender.
Translates to ‘all genders’. A person who identifies as more than one gender.
Translates to ‘two genders’. A person who identifies as both male and female genders. Some bigender people have two distinct male and female personas.
A person who doesn’t identify with either gender. They are both feminine and masculine.
The combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. Androgyny can apply to many things – someone’s gender identity, sexual identity, and even fashion.
People who identify as neither a man nor a woman. Some cultures refer to some of their people by a third gender. For example, in Samoafa’afafines are male at birth, but if a family had more boys than girls and needed more women to help with housework, they male children would be raised as a fa’afafine.
Trigender: Translates to three genders. A person who shifts between the male, female and third genders.
It is important that as parents we are aware about different Genders that exist in our society. Scientifically Gender is decided by Hormones and sometimes combination of different Hormones result in different genders apart from being Male and Female.
People who have different sexual orientation are perfectly normal people just like you and me. It is just that they need more of emotional support from our society. If given equal opportunity, they can also excel in all the fields just like us. The problem is instead of identifying them and providing them with physical, mental, emotional support, we end up bullying them.
Our Country desperately needs good sex education. Unfortunately, we never hestitate to gossip about someone’s character but hush hush the topics of utmost importance something like sexual identity. We barely teach our children right sex education due to which, they get wrong ideas from the fantasy world and are easily misled by the elders.
As parents let us take the first step towards educating our children about different people in our society, so that they can accept their peers even if their sexual orientation is different. Having this dialogue with your children with right information, will definately help us build a better society.
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