Transgender Law Center
San Francisco, CA 9410
An umbrella term that can be used to describe people whose gender expression is nonconformingand/or whose gender identity is different from their birth assigned gender.
A person’s internal, deeply-felt sense of being either male, female, something other, or inbetween. Everyone has a gender identity.
An individual’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms, speechpatterns, and social interactions that are perceived as masculine or feminine.
A person’s emotional and sexual attraction to other people based on the gender of the otherperson. A person may identify their sexual orientation as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, orqueer. It is important to understand that sexual orientation and gender identity are two differentthings. Not all transgender youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer. And not all gay,lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth display gender non-conforming characteristics.
An umbrella term that stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning.” Thecategory “questioning” is included to incorporate those that are not yet certain of their sexualorientation and/or gender identity.
Female or Male Cross Dressers
Individuals who occasionally wear clothing that is perceived to be conflicting with theiranatomical genital structure.
Drag Queens or Kings
Female or male cross dressers who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
The following definitions were excerpted from two sources. The San Francisco Human RightsCommission’s
Compliance Guidelines to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination
and Beyondthe Binary: A Tool-Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools.