Gender Definitions      

Definitions; People of gender variance identify in a number of different ways!

These definitions listed are sourced from Human Rights Commission Transgender Inquiry report “To Be Who I Am”.

Cross dresser (CD):
A person who wears the clothing and/or accessories that are considered by society to correspond to the opposite gender. Cross-dressers are generally happy with their assigned birth gender and usually do not wish to change their physical sex or genitalia.

Drag Queens and Drag Kings:
Female-emulating males or male-emulating females who cross-dress to present a larger than life image of women or men usually for social and entertainment purposes. Normally not trying to imply that they are women or men.

Fa’afafine, Fakeleiti, Akava’ine, Mahu, Vaka sa lewa lewa, Rae rae, Fafafine: Terms that Pasifika trans and ‘third sex’ people use to describe themselves and that have wider meanings that are best understood within their cultural context.

Gender Identity:
A person’s internal, deeply felt sense of being male or female (or something other or in between). A person’s gender identity may or may not correspond with their sex.

Gender variance or gender dysphoria:
Clinical terms for people who have issues of gender identity. There are no tests that can provide an absolute diagnosis. It can only be diagnosed through understanding of the lives of the individuals who experience gender variance.

Intersex (IS):
A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit the typical biological definitions of female or male. Some people now call themselves ‘intersex’.

Just Other:
Some gender variant people reject just defining themselves by the binary terms of male or female. Some may call themselves just other, genderqueer, androgyne or polygender.

Sexual orientation:
Not to be confused with gender identity. Sexual orientation can be heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual or asexual. Transgender people have the same variety of sexual orientations as any other group of people.

An intimate companion of the same sex. Today used to describe Maori gay, bisexual and trans people.

Tangata ira tane:
A Maori term describing someone born with a female body who has a male gender identity.

Transgender (TG):
A person whose gender identity is different from their physical sex at birth. Transgender people can be male to female (MtF) or female to male (FtM).

The irrational prejudice and/or fear of some people towards transgender people. Transphobia can take a wide variety of forms including the belief that trans people are homosexual people in denial and/or that they are sick perverts or deviants.

Transsexual (TS):
A person who has changed, or is in the process of changing, their physical sex to conform to their gender identity.Government AgenciesEditChanging Your Name Procedure and Forms for Name Changes Changing Your Passport Procedure and Forms for Passport Changes Guidelines for Prisoner Treatment Guidelines for Treatment of Prisoners with Gender Issues Guidelines for Prisoner Health Guidelines for Health of Transsexual Prisoners

In one survey conducted over the internet, within a 2 hour period there were over 100 self definitions, these are just a very few.