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A transgender person is someone whose gender identity differs from their birth sex.


(1) Transgender Woman. Transgender women are a subset of transgender individuals who are assigned male sex at birth but self-identify as female and often take steps to socially or medically transition to live as women. This may include feminizing hormone therapy, electrolysis, and surgeries (for example, vaginoplasty, facial feminization, or breast augmentation). Generally, the pronouns these individuals use are “she,” “her,” or “hers,” unless the Veteran requests different pronouns.


(2) Transgender Man. Transgender men are a subset of transgender individuals who are assigned female sex at birth but self-identify as male and often take steps to socially or medically transition to live as men. This may include masculinizing hormone therapy and surgeries (for example, phalloplasty, metoidioplasty, or mastectomy with chest reconstruction). Generally, the pronouns these individuals use are “he,” “him,” or “his,” unless the Veteran requests different pronouns.

(3) Gender Non-Conforming (GNC). Gender non-conforming is a term that describes people whose gender does not fit into gender binary definitions of “woman/transgender woman” or “man/transgender man.” This can include people whose identity falls outside of these gender binary categories, people whose identity fluctuates between masculine and feminine, and those who reject conventional gender expectations. Some gender non-conforming people use the terms “non-binary gender identity,” “gender queer,” “gender fluid,” or “gender diverse” to describe themselves. Sometimes these individuals use gender neutral pronouns such as “they” or “them” instead of “he” or “she.”

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