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Transfeminine (also written trans-feminine or trans feminine) describes a transgender person (generally one who was assigned male at birth) who seeks to present femininely, or to transition to look more feminine, or who identifies as more female than male. The label "trans-feminine" can be considered either a gender identity, a gender expression, or both. It is an umbrella term that includes binary trans women and nonbinary feminine people who are assigned male at birth.[1][2] One web-site about nonbinary gender identity explains how someone can be both trans-feminine and nonbinary:

Some neutrois people [neutrois is a specific nonbinary identity that is neither male nor female] feel they aren’t completely 100% gender-free or gender-neutral; rather, they lean a little more towards one side or another of the gender spectrum. Transfeminine means the person tilts towards female [...] It’s important to note this does not invalidate, contradict, or cancel out being neutrois, as they still feel a strong affinity with this identity. Instead, being transmasculine [...] is more of a modifier or a complement which adds to the complexity of their gender, gender expression, or gender identity. In these cases there might be a preference to present more closely to one gender over another, or it can be more comfortable to just live as one binary gender rather than the other. However, this choice is more often a result of convenience in order to navigate a society in which only two genders are recognized. A lot of people would ideally opt to have neutrois recognized as their gender and not be forced to make a decision between male and female only.

-Micah, "What is neutrois?"[3]

This explains several reasons why a person can identify as both trans-feminine and as a nonbinary identity.

History[edit | edit source]

We would appreciate information about when transfeminine was coined, or sources showing its earliest known usage.

"Transfeminine" was one of the identities that became available in the gender selection on Facebook in 2014.[4]

Related terms[edit | edit source]

Another umbrella term for expressing the concept of someone being on the trans-feminine spectrum is to say that such a person is on the male-to-female spectrum (MtF spectrum), meaning that they were assigned male at birth, and transition in a more female direction. This term also is not limited to people who specifically identify as women. "Trans-feminine" and "MtF spectrum" carry different nuances of meaning that may suit people in different ways. Trans-feminine doesn't call out someone's birth assignment, but does call out their gender expression as being feminine, but there are trans women who prefer a more butch than feminine gender expression. Meanwhile, MtF spectrum doesn't specify one's gender expression as being feminine, calls out one's birth assignment, but transgender people can feel uncomfortable with having their gender assignment pointed out. Due to these nuances, people may feel that one term is more suitable than the other for their own comfort and for the most accurate description of their identity.

A demigirl is someone who only partially identifies as a girl or woman, whatever their assigned gender at birth.[5]

The counterpart of trans-feminine is trans-masculine.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NB/GQ Survey 2016 - the worldwide results, March 2016.
  2. "Transfeminine."
  3. Micah, "What is neutrois?" Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  4. "Facebook custom gender options: Here are all 56 custom options.", Slate. February 13th, 2014. Accessed April 10th, 2017.
  5. AVEN: Definitions Master List
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