Ally, generally a straight, cisgender person who supports the LGBTQ+ community.
AFAB stands for "Assigned Female at Birth". Usually referred to the gender at birth by the doctor observing the genitals. I was AFAB, but I'm a man. I'm a trans man.
AMAB stands for "Assigned Male at Birth". Usually referred to the gender at birth by the doctor observing the genitals. I was AMAB, but I'm a woman. I'm a trans woman.
Asexual, someone who does not feel sexually attracted to anyone.
Bisexual, an individual attracted to others of their own sex and also to the opposite sex.
BA stands for "Breast Augmentation", aka breast implants. On average, trans woman do not get a satisfying result, with hormones only, in breast size as compared to cisgender woman. The amount of breast tissue might be the same, but the chest and rib case is bigger in trans woman, making the breast appear smaller in ratio.
Cisgender is a term for people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth.
Coming out
Coming out is the term of a person coming out of the closet to family, friends and coworkers. (No longer hiding in the safety of his or her home) In my personal experience this was the hardest part of my life, but once out, my life went uphill. My family and most of my friends accepted me. However, some people experience a negative result; loosing family, friends, work, housing and more.
DES stands for "Diethylstilbestrol". (anti-miscarriage drug commonly used in the 1950/60's)
Electrology is the practice of electrical hair removal to permanently remove human hair from the body. Electrolysis is the actual process of removing hair using electricity. In electrolysis, a qualified professional called an electrologist slides a hair-thin, solid metal probe into each hair follicle without puncturing the skin (when inserted properly). Electricity is delivered to the follicle through the probe, which causes localized damage to the areas that generate hairs, either through the formation of caustic sodium hydroxide (the galvanic method), overheating (thermolysis), or both (the blend method).
E, Estrogen, Estradiol
E-level, Estrogen, Estradiol. The female hormone estrogen, which is the most important hormone for trans woman. Usually abbreviated with just "E"
E-level refers to the actual value of estrogen in the blood content.
The hormone estrogen, or estradiol, is administered via oral, patch, cream or injection. This hormone is responsible for the secondary female sexual characteristics.
Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is a set of cosmetic surgical procedures that alter typically male facial features to bring them closer in shape and size to typical female facial features. FFS can include various bony and soft tissue procedures such as brow lift, rhinoplasty, cheek implantation, and lip augmentation. Faces contain secondary sex characteristics that make male and female faces readily distinguishable, including the shape of the forehead, nose, lips, cheeks, chin, and jawline; the features in the upper third of the face seem to be the most important, but subtle changes in the lips can have a strong effect.
Gender dysphoria
Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people might experience gender dysphoria at some point in their lives. But not everyone is affected. Some transgender and gender-nonconforming people feel at ease with their bodies, either with or without medical intervention. Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association to diagnose mental conditions. This term is intended to be more descriptive than the one that was previously used, gender identity disorder. The term gender dysphoria focuses on one's discomfort as the problem, rather than identity. A diagnosis for gender dysphoria was created to help people get access to necessary health care and effective treatment.
GRS - Gender Realignment Surgery, aka bottom surgery. (There are numerous other expressions that are used, or have been used, to refer to Sexual Realignment Surgery, including sex change operation, Sex Reassignment Surgery, Gender Confirmation Surgery, Genital Reconstruction Surgery, Gender-Affirming Surgery, and Sex Realignment Surgery.) There are different kinds of bottom surgery, from orchiectomy (removal of the testicles), with or without scrotum removal, limited depth and full depth vaginoplasty. Next to this there are different procedures to perform vaginoplasty.
HRT stands for "Hormone Replacement Therapy". HRT in general is a combination of various medications. In pre-op or non-op trans woman, a testosterone blocker is used to lower the level of testosterone to a female level. This is blocker is not requred after GRS or orchiectomy. The female hormone estradoil is used to increase the level of estrogen to a female level. Sometimes the female hormone Progesterone is also included. These medications come in variuos forms; oral pills, cream, patch or injections. A referral from a general practitioner as well a letter from a mental health provider are required to start hormone replacement therapy with an endocrinologist. Sometimes a letter of consent can replace this requirement.
Intersex, an individual who has any combinations of either biological reproductive systems e.g. gonads, chromosomes, genitals etc.
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Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth. Although laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn't result in permanent hair removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, but it can be successfully used on all skin types.
LGBTQ+ stands for: "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning". The + denotes all the other variations. The more complete list (at this time of writing) is LGBTTQQIAAP and stands for: "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally, Asexual, Pansexual".
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Pansexual, sexually attracted to anyone of any gender or sexual orientation.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Queer, self-affirming overall term for the LGBTQ+ community. Derogatory in some contexts.
Questioning, an individual who is still figuring out who they are attracted to and/or what gender they identify as.
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SRS - Sex Reassignment Surgery. (There are numerous other expressions that are used, or have been used, to refer to Sexual Realignment Surgery, including sex change operation, Gender Realignment Surgery, Gender Confirmation Surgery, Genital Reconstruction Surgery, Gender-Affirming Surgery, and Sex Realignment Surgery.)
Transgender - is a term for people whose gender identity or gender expression differs from their sex assigned at birth.
Transsexual, an individual who identifies as the opposite sex and has the procedure to change their genitals. An outdated term that originated in the medical and psychosocial communities for people who have permanently changed their gender identity trough surgery and hormones.
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