An umbrella term for cases in which gender does not align with societal expectations regarding the sex assigned at birth
People have differing language to describe who they are and how they want to label their identities. The terms below are frequently used, but we acknowledge that these and other definitions are constantly evolving. Further, it’s important to note that individuals know their own identity best and should always be consulted about how they’d like to be referred to. (For more, see the Human Rights Campaign’s glossary of terms.)
The ways in which people-trans or not-choose to convey their gender identity through dress, verbal communication styles, and other outward behavior.
A gender identity and expression that are not tied to a traditional male/female view of the gender spectrum. Those who identify as genderqueer may identify as men or women, as neither, or as some combination of the two.
Some people who fall under the umbrella decide to transition; others do not, because they don’t define themselves according to the traditional male-female binary or because they have a more fluid view of their identity over time.