Transmasculine, sometimes abbreviated to transmasc, is an umbrella term that describes a transgender person (generally, but not exclusively, one who was assigned female at birth), and whose gender is masculine and/or who express themselves in a masculine way.  Transmasculine people feel a connection with masculinity, but do not always identify as a man. Transmasculine people don't always need to be referred to as "he/him" or as a man. Some transmasculine people use "they/them", "he/they", and sometimes even "she/her" pronouns.
Transmasculine people may include, but are not limited to:
- Binary trans men
- Nonbinary men
- Multigender people
- Genderfluid people who identify as masculine more often than other genders.
- Nonbinary people, as long as they identify with masculinity.
Transfeminine is the feminine equivalent of transmasculine.
The most common transmasculine flag has pink stripes on the top and bottom, and a symmetrical gradient of blue stripes in the middle. See Category:Transmasculine pride flags for other proposed transmasculine flags.
History[edit | edit source]
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The DC Area Transmasculine Society, or DCATS, is a trans-led nonprofit organization that was founded in 2000 as a monthly support group and has since started offering a variety of services, like a binder exchange program. This organization doesn't take credit for coining the word "transmasculine," suggesting it was around before the year 2000.
In 2010, on an essay written on his blog Rants and Ramblings, titled What’s in a Word?: Crafting Transmasculine, S. Leigh Thompson, who was president of the TransMasculine Community Network, presents the result of his work with organizers and advocates to craft a definition for the term "transmasculine." The definition suggested by Leigh was "any person who was assigned female at birth but feels that is an incomplete or incorrect description of their gender." He mentions, at the end of this blog post, that the first version of the essay had been published in 2006.
Notable people[edit | edit source]
There is more information about this topic here: notable nonbinary people
Notable people who consider their identity to be outside the Western gender binary, and who describe themselves as transmasculine include:
- American musician Anjimile, who identifies as a nonbinary transmasc queer boi.
- Chinese-American autistic disability rights activist Lydia X. Z. Brown (b. 1993) is genderqueer, nonbinary, gendervague and transmasculine.
- Actor Ellie Desautels describes themself as nonbinary, transmasculine, genderqueer, and agenderflux.
- Writer and activist Cyrus Grace Dunham, a transmasculine nonbinary lesbian.
- American comedian, writer, and nurse Kelli Dunham describes herself as a genderqueer woman/nonbinary transmasc butch.
- Writer, educator, and therapist Alex Iantaffi.
- English singer, songwriter, actor, and graphic novelist Ciarán Strange (b. 2003) describes himself/themself as enby, trans, and transmasc.
- Singer/ songwriter and social media influencer Addison Grace identifies as a transmasc nonbinary and uses they/he pronouns
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Transmasculine nonbinary characters in fiction[edit | edit source]
There are many more nonbinary/genderqueer characters in fiction. The following are only some of those characters who are specifically called "transmasculine"/"transmasc", either in the canon, or by their creators.
- One of the main characters in the romance novel Saving Throw, by Alex Silver, is "Rene, a non-binary trans masc ex-hockey player turned coach."
References[edit | edit source]
- Hardell, Ash. The ABC's of LGBT+. p.98.
- Laura Erickson-Schroth, ed. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press, 2014. P. 620.
- "Our Story". DCATS. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
- "Binder Exchange". DCATS. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
- Brito, Janet (13 January 2021). "What Does It Mean to Be Transmasculine?". Healthline. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
DCATS doesn’t take credit for coining the word, which suggests the term is older than the organization.
- Thompson, S. Leigh (24 November 2010). "What’s in a Word?: Crafting Transmasculine". Rants and Ramblings. Retrieved 4 June 2021. Archived on 17 July 2023
- @Nico7623 (12 September 2013). transmasculine Archived on 17 July 2023
- "Facebook custom gender options: Here are all 56 custom options.", Slate. February 13th, 2014. Accessed April 10th, 2017. Archived on 17 July 2023
- @anjimilemusic (Feb 25, 2019). "thank u thank u :) however I am not a girl, I'm a non-binary transmasc queer boi who uses they/them and he/him pronouns 🤘🏾" – via Twitter.
- Brown, Lydia X. Z. (22 June 2016). "Gendervague: At the Intersection of Autistic and Trans Experiences". The Asperger / Autism Network (AANE). Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
- Lydia X. Z. Brown [@autistichoya] (10 June 2020). "I'm horrified+enraged that JK Rowling isn't just openly a TERF now, but using autistic people as pawns. I'm autistic. I'm openly nonbinary and transmasculine. I was not brainwashed or manipulated into being trans. That's just rank, disgusting ableism on top of anti-trans hate" – via Twitter.
- Barasch, Alex (12 March 2018). "Rise's Ellie Desautels Talks Playing a Transgender Teen on Network TV". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
- Instagram bio Archived on 17 July 2023
- Brent Dundore (17 August 2018). "Ellie & Wren". They Them Project. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
- Masters, Jeffrey (15 October 2019). "Writer Cyrus Grace Dunham Shows How Messy Gender Can Be". advocate.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
- "THE STORY". kellidunham.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- Wood, Erin (15 May 2017). "Q&A: Comedian Kelli Dunham on Storytelling as a Radical, Transformative Act". Ms. Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
- Guerrero, Desirée (21 April 2020). "Genderqueer Comic Kelli Dunham On Getting (Thee) Away From a Nunnery". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
- Jenkins, Andrea (2015). "Interview with Alex Iantaffi". Digital Transgender Archive. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
- Instagram bio, retrieved 17 May 2020 Archived on 17 July 2023
- @CiaranStrange (18 January 2020). "O HEY! :D how's it going? I'll do my best to be brief! [Smiling face with open mouth and cold sweat] So I identify as both enby and trans*, not that one has to. Transgender is a sort of umbrella term that many choose to identify as, but not all. Transgender simply means you aren't [Hundred points symbol] the same as your birth certificate. >" – via Twitter.
- Instagram post, 12 June 2020
- "Saving Throw". QueeRomance Ink. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 19 June 2021.