CISGENDER OR CIS
Someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth.
Used to describe when a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity. This is also the clinical diagnosis for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with the sex they were assigned at birth.
GENDER RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE (GRC)
This enables trans people to be legally recognised in their affirmed gender and to be issued with a new birth certificate. Not all trans people will apply for a GRC and you currently have to be over 18 to apply. You do not need a GRC to change your gender markers at work or to legally change your gender on other documents such as your passport.
A General Practitioner who is supportive of LGBTQ inclusive healthcare, and are actively championing and advocating for all their LGBTQ patients.
A term used to describe a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female. Intersex people may identify as male, female or non-binary
The acronym for lesbian, gay, bi, transexual and queer
PrEP stands for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. It is the taking of an oral prescription drug as a means of preventing HIV infection in an HIV-negative person.
TRANSGENDER (OR TRANS)
An umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.
A term used to describe someone who is assigned female at birth but identifies and lives as a man. This may be shortened to trans man, or FTM, an abbreviation for female-to-male.
A term used to describe someone who is assigned male at birth but identifies and lives as a woman. This may be shortened to trans woman, or MTF, an abbreviation for male-to-female.
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