Trans and gender diverse (TGD)
An umbrella term used to describe all those whose gender identity is at odds with their biological sex.
Person who identifies as a member of the 'opposite' sex, i.e. other than their birth sex. Transsexuals usually seek hormone therapy and often surgery to bring their body into line with their gender identity.
A person who identifies as a gender that is not necessarily male, female or viewed in a binary manner. Genderqueer people may identify as masculine, feminine, androgynous, bi gendered or partially male or female in varied ratios. Genderqueer people may be third gendered or reject gender roles altogether. Some Genderqueer people also access medical services to ‘transition’.
A person who has an inescapable emotional need to express their alternate gender identity via clothing style and be accepted in that role on a less permanent basis. Some crossdressers go on to medically transition to their self-identified gender, others may see that as an identity in and off itself that is a form of gender diversity.
Gender Identity
The gender that a person identifies as, regardless of their biological sex.
Biological/Physical attributes
MTF (or M2F)
Male-to-female, usually refers to a transsexual.
FTM (or F2M)
Female-to-male, usually refers to a transsexual.
Hormone therapy
The process of hormonally reassigning a person's biochemistry to match their gender identity.
Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS).
A surgical procedure whereby the sex organs of a person are refashioned to that of the gender in which they identify. Also known as sex reassignment surgery (SRS) or Genital Reconstructive Surgery (GCS).
Top/Chest Surgery
A partial or full mastectomy to breasts to create a male looking or masculine looking chest.
Gender Dysphoria
Previously known as Gender Identity Disorder. This is a medical term used at times to explain transgendered people and biological theories that result in a difference between the gender a person Identifies with and the physical sex attributes of their body.
Person who does not want to have genital reassignment surgery or can't for medical, financial or other reasons.* #
Person who has not had genital reassignment surgery.* #
Person who has had genital reassignment surgery.*
Person whose gender identity is not exclusively male or female and who may or may not have an intersex condition.
Bi Gendered/ Androgynous
Person who does not exclusively identify as male or female, irrespective of physical sex. (Not to be confused with bisexuality - refer definition of sexual orientation).


* Current equal opportunity law protection in Victoria does not differentiate on the basis of surgical status

# Current laws for correcting Birth Certificates are based on surgical status, which TGV considers to be flawed.

Non-transgender Definitions

A person who identifies with their birth assigned sex e.g. ciswoman, cisman
A long-established medical (genetic) condition where an infant is born with reproductive organs and/or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female. (Current word for "hermaphrodite"). See OII Australia for more information.
This term usually refers to men who dress up for sexual pleasure.
Drag Queen
Men who wear a usually exaggerated form of female clothing as for the purpose of comedy/entertainment.
Drag King
Women who wear a usually exaggerated form of male clothing as for the purpose of comedy/entertainment.
Sexual Orientation
Sexual attraction towards people of a particular sex (or sexes in the case of bisexuality). This is different to a person's sex or gender identity.



Transgender Victoria (TGV) was founded in the late 1990s to achieve justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, their partners, families and friends.

TGV uses TGD to refer to people whose gender identity or expression is different from that which was assigned at birth or that which is expected of them by society.

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About TGV

Transgender Victoria (TGV) work with and for, the trans and gender diverse (TGD) community as well as its allies, to create positive change in areas that impact the human rights of TGD people. 

TGV represents the TGD community in challenging discrimination and assists to empower TGD people so that they may lead full and meaningful lives.

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