Transgenderist is a word with multiple meanings.
In the 1990s it was defined as meaning a person who "straddle[s] the gender boundaries" and "choose[s] to live as the third sex." In this sense it can be considered a precursor to the terms genderqueer and nonbinary.
It may also be used more generically as a term for any transgender person, in which case it may be considered derogatory.
At times "transgenderist" refers to a trans person who elects not to undergo any surgery as part of their transition. This sense of the word was coined by Dr. Virginia Prince, herself a transgenderist, who considered herself "in-between" a transsexual and a crossdresser.
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- Wheelwright, Julie (27 March 1995). "I'm just a sweet transgenderist". The Independent. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
- Walworth, Janis (2003). Transsexual Workers: an Employer's Guide. p. 113.
Some cross-gendered individuals who do not have surgery call themselves nonoperative transsexuals; others prefer the term transgenderist.
- "AEGIS News, No. 4 (June, 1995)." Page 9. Newsletter. Digital Transgender Archive, https://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net/files/9c67wm80s (accessed November 04, 2020).