I acknowledge that the term ‘trans’ is widely contested. Who ‘counts’ as trans? Are some people wrongly classified as ‘trans’? Is it appropriate to use such language within research?

I have chosen to use trans for the purposes of this study because it is possibly the most appropriate term to use in a UK context in reference to a wide range of gender-diverse identities, behaviours and philosophies. I intend to reflect the widespread adoption of ‘trans’ by numerous web forums, activist/lobbying groups, support groups and other community organisations. I do not intend to imply that everyone involved in these groups necessarily¬†identifies (or identifies straightforwardly) as ‘trans’.

For the purposes of this study, and the contents of this website, trans people may refer to themselves and/or be referred to using a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to): transgender, transsexual, transvestite, cross-dresser, genderqueer, androgyne, polygender, bi-gender, genderfluid, gender questioning, third gender, transsexed, trans man, trans woman, woman of transsexual history, man of transsexual history.

This research is not looking at intersex communities and/or experiences, except insofar as some intersex individuals identify as trans. I draw this distinction out of respect for the quite different challenges and issues that intersex people face.


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