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The term trans* (also known as trans asterisk) is an all-inclusive term meant to describe everyone who identifies as transgendered, including those who do not self-identify as a specific gender. This entry begins with a review of the history of this term. Next, this entry describes how the term trans* has contributed to individuals whose gender identities are incongruent with their sex assigned at birth or those who are gender nonconforming. The entry then discusses criticisms of using the term trans* and weighs community conversations regarding the benefits and drawbacks of the term.

History of Trans*

Trans* was first generated to provide meaningful inclusion of all gender identities under the trans umbrella. The terms trans and transgender are also considered to be umbrella terms for individuals who ...

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