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These terms were created by the RSU Trans Collective and may not be generalizable to other communities. If you see anything that needs to be changed, email us: Also, visit our website for more terms and more in-depth definitions! 

  • Transgender: Someone whose gender identity is different than the sex they were assigned at birth. Please note, being transgender is not the same as being gay. A transgender person can be heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, asexual, or anything else!
  • Cisgender: Someone whose gender identity is the same as their assigned sex at birth.
  • Non-Binary: Someone whose gender identity is neither male nor female, or a mix of both.
  • The Gender Binary: The belief that there are only two genders, male and female, which are considered opposite.
  • Gender Identity: How a person identifies their gender.
  • Gender Presentation: How someone expresses their gender.
  • Pronouns: Words used to refer to someone, like “He”, “She” or “They”.
  • Cisgender Privilege: The power and privilege held by cisgender people.
  • Cissexism: The domination of cisgender people, along with the oppression and erasure of transgender people.
  • Transphobia: Fear and/or violence towards transgender people based on their gender identity and/or expression.
  • Transmisogyny: Fear and/or violence towards transgender women and other trans-feminine people.
  • Binarism: A specific form of thought, connected to imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy, which frames topics as binary and oppositional (good/bad, male/female, white/black).
  • Non-Binary Erasure: Non-binary erasure refers to the erasure and oppression of non-binary people.


A trans-inclusive campus is necessary for Ryerson, and here are some easy things staff and students can do to help make that a reality!

  • Don’t stare: it would be rude to do to anyone, so don’t do it to a trans
  • Don’t assume anyone’s gender.
  • Remember, what’s normal for one person is not necessarily what’s normal for another; let people be their authentic selves.
  • Respect peoples pronouns! They might use she, he, they, or something else, but it’s all valid. If in doubt, ask what pronouns they perfer.
  • Respect people’s names! Their name might be different than the one they were given at birth or the one on their ID, but it still their name.
  • Don’t question gender presentation.
  • If you make a mistake, don’t make it a big deal, just say sorry and
  • Don’t ask a trans person about their sex life, unless it is relevant to the conversation.
  • Try not to use language like ‘ladies and gentlemen’ (alternatives: folks, people, friends, colleagues, etc.) or ‘she or he’ (alternative: they). This binary language erases non-binary people, and can make many trans people uncomfortable.
  • Try not to assume people’s gender or make generalizing gendered statements (example: ‘hey guys’ or ‘those girls over there’, instead try ‘those folks’ or ‘those people’).
  • Don’t make statements about people’s bodies which reinforce cisgender biological essentialism; for example, instead of saying ‘when a woman is pregnant she...’ try saying ‘when a person is
  • Challenge transphobia when you see or hear it, it’s never acceptable.
  • First and foremost, trans people are human beings and deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.

Contact: Trans Collective | | 416.979.5255 x 5948

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