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Cisgender (adj.)

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Sis-gender

Definition

A cisgender person is someone who identifies as they gender/sex they were assigned at birth. For example, your birth certificate says female, and you identify as a female woman. 

The colloquial use of cisgender suggests that it is the opposite of transgender. If you’re not trans*, then you’re cis (abbreviated form of cisgender). This is not entirely true, because there are people who transition (eg. take hormones, identify as a different gender than what they were assigned with at birth, surgeries, etc.) who do not identify as trans* or transgender. 

Usage

Cisgender is an adjective and is sometimes used as “cisgendered.” 

Examples:

  • Cisgender folks will never know what it’s like to be trans*.
  • Hi, my name is Mary, and I am cisgender. I prefer she/her/hers as pronouns.

See Also

Non-transgender, Cissexual

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