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Transfeminine, often abbreviated to transfem, refers to transgender people who have a gender identity that is predominantly feminine.[1] Another definition refers to transgender people who typically were assigned male at birth and whose genders are mainly feminine. Transfeminine people may or may not identify as female.[2] It can be a standalone identity term or an umbrella term that may include certain identities, such as:[3]

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Etymology

The term "transfeminine" may or may not have been coined by Jane Nance in 1985 in the article "TRANSFEMININE!!!", which was published in the journal The TV-TS Tapestry. Nance described being assigned male at birth and having a feminine identity, not a "basic male self-identity". However, the existing "transvestite" and "transsexual" terminology of the time was inadequate and did not account for not feeling like "a male dressing in women's clothes" when presenting as a woman, having a self-image as a woman, but lacking an interest in surgical transition. Nance wondered, "Do we need another term or category to cover my particular reality? Maybe! Could it be 'transfeminine' (a male who feels like a female, strictly undefined in relation to any issue of an operation) - perhaps!"[4]

Community

The top part of this section is more general, while the subsections are specific. A wide range of topics can be included here, such as impacts that people who identify as this term have on society, things specific to this identity's community (like ace rings to asexuals), and miscellaneous achievements or contributions by this group that do not fall into the other subsections. If not needed, it can be left blank between the Community heading and History subheading.

History

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Flag

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Distinction

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Controversy

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Perceptions and discrimination

This section focuses more on the specific kinds of discrimination and oppression that these people may face. Examples would be mentioning systematic transphobia and non-binary erasure on the page for agender, mentioning rates of mental health issues in this group, etc.

Media

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Resources

References

  1. Definition of transfeminine on pronouns.page: https://en.pronouns.page/dictionary/terminology#transfeminine
  2. What Does It Mean to Be Transfeminine? 12 Things to Consider (healthline.com)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Hardell, Ash. The ABC's of LGBT+. Mango Media Inc., 2016. ISBN 9781633534087.
  4. Nance, Jane. "TRANSFEMININE!!!". The TV-TS Tapestry: The Journal for Persons Interested in Crossdressing & Transsexualism. no. 47, Tiffany Club, 1985. (web archive)
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