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Transgender is a single term that refers to a characterization of a person 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 trans- is the Latin prefix for “to move across or beyond,” a transgender person can be described as having a label for the self-assigned identity that is different from the category label assigned at birth. The usage of the trans prefix comes from cisnormative assumptions that humans are expected to have the same labels for their self-assigned categories as the ones assigned to them ...

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