The following are explanations and definitions intended as useful references for this resource and for your work with trans and gender-diverse clients. As language is constantly evolving and seldom universally agreed upon, it is key to mirror back language people use to express their lived experience and understanding of self. In line with the most recent version of WPATH’s Standards of Care, we aim to recognize and support the full spectrum of gender identity and gender expression.
It is important to understand that concepts of gender identity and expression have moved beyond the gender binary paradigm. Binary conceptions of gender (ie., male/female) do not reflect the experiences of many people; for example, genderqueer (aka. gender non-binary) individuals tend to negotiate the world with a much more fluid concept of gender. Thus, they locate themselves on a diverse continuum of gender identification/presentation.