Schools, Families, and Communities in Action, Revised Edition
Edited By Elizabeth J. Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon
Glossary of Terms
This glossary is intended to help readers navigate this volume and contemporary resources or conversations about trans/gender diversity. Please note that definitions refer to common usage at the time of publication.
Ally Someone who, while not necessarily identifying as a member of an oppressed group or experiencing a particular oppression, commits to lessening the effects of that oppression on group members through interpersonal or structural change.
assigned sex or assigned gender The designation, usually male or female, given to infants at the time of their birth and based in most cases on a cursory visual inspection of primary sex characteristics. See also intersex.
bisexual A person who is attracted to some members of both sexes to varying degrees. The prefix “bi” references the idea that there are only two sexes. Other related terms that are distanced from the two-sex model are omnisexual and pansexual.
cisgender (adj.) A term characterizing people who are not transgender or transsexual or whose gender aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth.
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