trans·​gen·​der | \ tran(t)s-ˈjen-dər , tranz-\

Definition of transgender

: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth especially : of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth

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Other Words from transgender

transgenderism \ tran(t)s-​ˈjen-​dər-​ˌi-​zəm , tranz-​ \ noun

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Her candidacy highlights the surge of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates running for office this year. Lisa Lerer, The Seattle Times, "Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats and Trump wins," 14 Aug. 2018 And Gallup studies suggest that at least some of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender population is leaving the state. Steve Wieberg, kansascity, "‘There’s No Place Like Home’ finds signs of quiet progress for Kansas’ LGBT citizens," 20 June 2018 Fahed and Riggs were two of at least 20 volunteers who turned out for a neighborhood clean-up led by the Zebra Coalition — the Central Florida network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Kate Santich,, "For many, Pulse 2-year mark means acts of love and kindness," 12 June 2018 Lambda Legal credited Buckel for focusing the organization on the rights of lesbian, gay and transgender youth. Jeffery C. Mays,, "Prominent gay rights lawyer dies after setting himself on fire," 15 Apr. 2018 Presumably, that principle could affect transgender troops who require medical care that could not be provided in a war zone. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Trump to decide Friday on new policy for transgender troops, likely limiting their service," 22 Mar. 2018 But not transgender troops, who continued to risk getting tossed out of the military. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin transgender veteran criticizes Trump's attempt to bar transgender people," 26 July 2017 While transgender political hopefuls still face opposition and ad hominem attacks, those who have run before say things have changed rapidly. Emma Talkoff, Time, "Will 2017 Be the Year of the Transgender Candidate?," 6 July 2017 Mutch is hoping an open door, straightforward approach will help him guide Chase Brexton through an unusually tense time for the iconic organization that has served the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender population for four decades. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "New Chase Brexton CEO wants to create more trusting culture," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of transgender

1974, in the meaning defined above

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trans·​gen·​der | \ tran(t)s-ˈjen-dər \
variants: or transgendered \ -​dərd \

Medical Definition of transgender

: of, relating to, or being a person (as a transsexual or a transvestite) who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person's sex at birth

Other Words from transgender

transgenderism \ -​də-​ˌriz-​əm \ noun

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