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Cisgender is a single term that refers to a characterization of persons at two different time points in their development: (1) a description of the gender category to which they were assigned at birth based on the appearance of external genitalia and (2) a description of the current gender identity that the person has self-assigned (also called gender self-categorization). Because cis- is the Latin prefix for “on the same side,” a cisgender person can be described as having the same label for the self-assigned identity as her or his birth-assigned gender label. Specifically, if a person was assigned to the female gender category at birth (based on external genitalia) and also identifies as female currently, then this person is considered a cisgender woman (or cis ...

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