Transgender Terms, Definitions and Proper Usage

Transgender Terms, Definitions and Proper Usage



A transgender glossary, a ‘preferred and problematic’ words chart and a list of defamatory words. From GLAAD.

Trans-related definitions, including explanations of various non-binary gender identities. From TSER.

How to Be Human: Talking to People Who Are Transgender or Nonbinary.Six great tips for conversing respectfully, from the experts at

Using Pronouns Respectfully. This web page offers great resources including brief videos, links to infographics and more.

GLADD Media Reference Guide – Excellent guidelines for using language relating to the entire LGBTQ community. Includes helpful section on writing about trans and non-binary people and an extensive list of national agencies providing various resources and support for LGBTQ people.

How to Use Gender-Neutral Language, and Why It’s Important to Try. From Forbes.

A guide to how gender-neutral language is developing around the world.  From the Washington Post.

Guidelines for Using Gender-neutral Language. The APA’s Style Guidelines for using bias-free language in regards to gender.

Statement on Gender and Language. Guidelines and rationale for using gender-neutral language from the National Council of Teachers of English.