Terminology is important, and using inclusive terminology should always be the aim. In this guide we use the phrase ‘trans and gender diverse’to acknowledge the many identities in the gender diversity spectrum.
Trans and gender diverse is an umbrella phrase that includes all identities within the gender identity spectrum, including (but not limited to) people who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, sistergirl, brotherboy, trans man, or trans woman.
It’s important to check with individuals what language they prefer. Language is always changing.
Terms used throughout this guide
Gender is part of how a person understands themself. A person’s gender does not necessarily mean that they have particular sex characteristics.
Sex refers to a person’s biological and hormonal sex characteristics. Sex is different from gender.
Note: For the purpose of unlawful discrimination, gender identity under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) is defined in the following terms:
gender identity, in relation to a person, means that the person —
(a) identifies, or has identified, as a member of the opposite sex by living or seeking to live as a member of that sex; or
(b) is of indeterminate sex and seeks to live as a member of a particular sex.
Just to be clear, the definition is based on self-identification rather than legal paperwork including identification documents.
Gender diverse refers topeople who do not prescribe to binary roles or normative standards of expressing gender. Other identifications that may be used are gender fluid, gender questioning, or genderqueer.
Gender fluid means that a person’s gender identity is not fixed. Some gender fluid people feel very masculine on some days, and feminine on others, while some live free from definition entirely.
Non-binary is used to describe genders that do not fall into binary definitions of male or female.