When did cisgender become a thing?

Lately, there have been a lot of articles about what is thenew bisexual, trans, queer, etc. (BTQ) spectrum. However, one term that has been making the rounds lately is cisgender. Cis is short for “cis-directional” and simply means the binary expression of a gender. It’s short for “not transgender” and refers to people who are born as the gender they identify as and were not born with any physical (or biological) changes to have a different sex.

So, how does this relate to you? Well, basically, you aren’t ableto change your gender. Some people may not experience this, but the vast majority of people who were assigned male at birth were always male (not that they remember). In our society, we are pretty much confined to this definition of who we are. So, from a technical standpoint, there is no such thing as being “born in the wrong body.”

That being said, for the LGBT crowd, being “born in the wrong body” is still a common phrase. It just means that transgender people are born to have theopposite gender and can’t change. In addition, sometimes the binary expression of a gender can have various expressions. For example, a person who is assigned female at birth can act like a boy or like a girl depending on their surrounding enviroment. This is called “being non-binary” or “being on theexoskeleton.”

Whatever you want to call it, the reality is, you are either born male or female, and you can’t change your physical sex. You may be born with certain traits that are assigned by society to the opposite sex, but you cannot change your biological makeup.Reading up on the definition of gender identity, you’ll run across two terms:

  • gender identity
  • transgender
  • That is, your“sense of self as male, female, neither of these, both, or something else entirely” (Wikipedia).
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So, again, what does this mean for you? It is just a word to describe people who aren’t trans and live as the (binary) gender they were born with. Typically, this designation is only relevant when discussing laws and rights. It has nothing to do with your sexuality, but you can be homosexual, bisexual,or asexual while being cis.

Dannie Jarrod

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