LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

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Is an inclusive umbrella term referring to people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differ from the sex/gender they were assigned at birth.

It may include, but is not limited to: people who identify as transsexual, transgender, transvestite/cross-dressing, androgyne, polygender, genderqueer, agender, gender variant, gender non-conforming, or with any other gender identity and/or expression which does not meet the societal and cultural expectations placed on gender identity. 

Transition search for term

Refers to a series of steps people may take to live in the gender they identify with. A person's transition can be social and/or medical. Steps may include: coming out to family, friends and colleagues; dressing and acting according to one's gender; changing one's name and/or sex/gender on legal documents; medical treatments including hormone therapies and possibly one or more types of surgery.

Transphobia search for term

Refers to negative cultural and personal beliefs, opinions, attitudes and behaviours based on prejudice, disgust, fear and/or hatred of trans people or against variations of gender identity and gender expression.

Transsexual search for term

An older and medicalised term used to refer to people who identify and live in a different gender. The term is still preferred by some people who intend to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone gender reassignment treatment (which may or may not involve hormone therapy or surgery).

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