Transmasculine, often abbreviated to transmasc, refers to transgender people who have a gender identity, gender expression, or both that is predominantly masculine.[1][2] Some definitions specify that transmasculine people must have been assigned female at birth.[1][2][3] Transmasculine people may or may not identify as male. Transmasculine may be used as a standalone identity term or an umbrella term that may include, but is not limited to, the following identities:[1]

  • Trans men[1][3]
  • Multigender[1] or non-binary people who feel their gender is more masculine than anything else[1][3]
  • Genderfluid people whose gender is predominantly masculine,[1][3] masculine all of the time, or masculine some of the time[3]
  • Demiboys,[1][3] defined as someone who partially identities as a boy, man, or masculine[3]
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The word transmasculine is composed of the prefix "trans-" (as in transgender) and the word masculine.[4] One of the first known uses of transmasculine was in 1999, when the DC Area Transmasculine Society was founded.[5][6] However, it is believed that the term was in use before the group's founding as well.[5]




An alternative transmasculine flag design

As early as July 4, 2015, the flag design shown at the top of this page has been used as the transmasculine pride flag. It has pink stripes at the top and bottom, and stripes of various shades of blue in between. The flag's exact symbolism and creator are both currently unknown.[7] There are also other transmasculine flag designs available online. One example is shown here, being a design composed of only blue stripes.[8]


Not all people who are transmasculine identify as a man, whether in part or whole. Such individuals may feel a connection to masculinity without identifying as a man nor male.[1]

Perceptions and discrimination[]

Transmasculine individuals may face issues with access to proper healthcare, especially in relation to reproductive help. In some cases, individuals may avoid searching for proper care due to fear of certain procedures like pelvic exams, or dissatisfaction with other procedures like pap smears.[9] In other cases, they may have to deal with gatekeeping and inaccuracies concerning their own identities while trying to get medical care.[10]

Transmasculine individuals may face other forms of discrimination outside of healthcare. For example, Ralph Kerwineo was arrested and harassed by police once his "true sex" was revealed by his ex-wife. Unfortunately, after that point he was forced to live as a woman.[11]



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  2. 2.0 2.1 "What does it mean to be transmasculine?" on <>. Published 2022-06-01. (Archived on 2023-03-28)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "What Does It Mean to Be Transmasculine? 12 Things to Consider" on <>. Published by Healthline. (Archived on 2022-09-21)
  4. "Transmasculine Definition & Meaning" on <>. Published by (Archived on 2022-10-28)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Transmasculine: What Does It Mean to be Transmasculine?" on <>(Archived on 2024-02-04)
  6. "About Us DCATS" on <>(Archived on 2023-09-22)
  7. "Trans Man / Transmasculine (1)" by pride-flags on <>. Published 2015-07-04. (Archived on 2023-12-31)
  8. "Trans Man / Transmasculine (3)" by pride-flags on <>. Published 2016-06-14. (Archived on 2023-03-26)
  9. "Gynecologic care considerations for transmasculine people" by Crissman, Halley and Stroumsa, Daphna on <>. Published 2020-08-05. (Archived on 2022-12-02)
  10. "Learning from Transmasculine Experiences with Health Care: Tangible Inlets for Reducing Health Disparities Through Patient–Provider Relationships" by Lambrou, Nickolas H.; Cochran, Katherine M.; Everhart, Samantha; Flatt, Jason D.; Zuelsdorff, Megan; O'Hara, John B.; Weinhardt, Lance; Benton, Susan Flowers; and Gleason, Carey E. on <>. Published 2020-03-16. (Archived on 2024-02-09)
  11. "LGBTQ History Month Week 1: Transmasculinity (Invisibility & Illumination)" on <>. Published 2023-10-06. (Archived on 2024-02-09)