Transgender acronyms

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  • 2S: Two-Spirit
  • 2SLBGTQ+: Two-spirit, lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, ace, intersex and queer
  • 5-ARD:
    • 5α-Reductase deficiency
    • 5-alpha-reductase deficiency
  • 5-ARI: 5α-reductase inhibitor

A

  • AA:
    • African American
    • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Antiandrogen
  • ABA: Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous
  • ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union
  • ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
  • AFAB: Assigned Female at Birth
  • AFAO: Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
  • AGL: All-gender loving
  • AGP: “Autogynephilia”
  • AEGIS:
    • AIDS Education Global Information System
    • American Educational Gender Information Service
  • AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • AIS: Androgen insensitivity syndrome
  • AKA: Also Known As
  • AM: Augmentation mammoplasty
  • AMA: American Medical Association
  • AMAB: Assigned Male at Birth
  • ANZPATH: Australia and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • APA:
    • American Psychiatric Association
    • American Psychological Association
  • API: Asian and Pacific Islander
  • APTN: Asia Pacific Transgender Network
  • ASB: Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ASIN: Amazon Standard Identification Number
  • ATSAQ:Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland

B

  • BA: Breast augmentation
  • BACP:  British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • BAS: Breast augmentation surgery
  • BC: Birth certificate
  • BDSM: BDSM
  • BIID: “Body Integrity Identity Disorder”
  • BMD: Bone mineral density
  • BMI: Body Mass Index
  • BPD: Borderline personality disorder
  • BPH: Benign prostatic hyperplasia

C

  • CAH: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • CAIS: Androgen insensitivity syndrome
  • CAMH: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • CCI: Charlson Comorbidity Index
  • CD: Crossdresser
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control
  • CG: Cisgender
  • COGIATI: “Combined Gender Identity and Transsexuality Inventory”
  • COIN: “Co-opting intersex narratives”
  • CPATH: Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • CTA: Cricothyroid approximation
  • CTYHD: Center for Transyouth Health and Development

D

  • DBA: Doing Business As
  • DBT: Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • DES: Diethylstilbestrol
  • DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone
  • DHT: Dihydrotestosterone
  • DID: Dissociative identity disorder
  • DIY: Do-it-yourself
  • DK: Drag king
  • DL:
    • Driver’s license
    • “down low”
  • DOI: Digital Object Identifier
  • DOR: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • DOS: United States Department of State
  • DOV: Transgender Day of Visibility
  • DQ: Drag queen
  • DSD:
    • Differences of sex development
    • “Disorders of sex development”
  • DSM: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • DSM-I: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 1
  • DSM-II: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 2
  • DSM-III: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 3
  • DSM-IV: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 4
  • DSM-V: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 5
  • DVT: Deep vein thrombosis

E

  • ECHRT: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
  • EDA: Eating Disorders Anonymous
  • EEF: Erickson Educational Foundation
  • EGALE: Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere
  • ENDA: Employment Non-Discrimination Act
  • ETII: “Erotic Target Identity Inversion”
  • ETLE: “Erotic Target Location Error”

F

  • F-M: Female to Male
  • F2M: Female to Male
  • FAAB: Female Assigned at Birth
  • FACS: Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
  • FAM: Foreign Affairs Manual
  • FDA: US Food and Drug Administration
  • FFS: Facial feminization surgery
  • FGCS: Facial gender confirmation surgery
  • FI:
    • “Female Illusionist”
    • “Female Impersonator”
  • FKA: Formerly Known As
  • FM: Female to Male
  • fMRI: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • FMS: Facial masculinization surgery
  • FPHL: Female pattern hair loss
  • FSH: Follicle-stimulating hormone
  • FT: Full time
  • FTM: Trans man
  • FTT: “Female to Trans”
  • FTX: Female to Nonbinary
  • FUE: Follicular unit extraction
  • FUT: Follicular unit transplantation
  • FYFV: Finding Your Female Voice

G

  • GACM: gender-affirmative care model
  • GAM: “Gynandromorph”
  • GAMP: “Gynandromorphophilia”
  • GAS: Gender affirmation surgery
  • GATE: Global Action for Trans Equality
  • GAV: Gender Affirming Vaginoplasty
  • GCS: Gender confirmation surgery
  • GD: “Gender dysphoria”
  • GENDA: Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act
  • GG: “Genetic girl”
  • GI: Gender incongruence
  • GIC:
    • Gender Identity Center
    • Gender Identity Centre
  • GICE: Gender Identity Change Efforts
  • GID: “Gender identity disorder”
  • GIDAANT: “Gender Identity Disorders of Adolescence and Adulthood, Non-transsexual Type”
  • GIDC: “Gender identity disorder in children”
  • GIRES: Gender Identity Research & Education Society
  • GLAAD: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
  • GLAD: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
  • GLBT: Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, Transgender
  • GLISTN: Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network
  • GLMA: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
  • GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
  • GM: Gender Marker
  • GMF: Galileo’s Middle Finger
  • GNC: Gender non-conforming
  • GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
  • GQ: Genderqueer
  • GRA: Gender Recognition Act
  • GRC: Gender Recognition Certificate
  • GRS: Genital realignment surgery
  • GSA: Gay Straight Alliance
  • GSM: Gender and sex minorities
  • GV: Gender variant

H

  • HBIGDA: Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association
  • HBS: “Harry Benjamin Syndrome”
  • HBSOC: Harry Benjamin Standards of Care
  • HAV: Hepatitis A virus
  • HBV: Hepatitis B virus
  • HCV: Hepatitis C virus
  • HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • HRC: Human Rights Campaign
  • HRT: Hormone replacement therapy
  • HSTS: “Homosexual transsexual”

I

  • IASR: International Academy of Sex Research
  • ICD: International Classification of Diseases
  • ICD-10: International Classification of Diseases, Version 10
  • ICD-11: International Classification of Diseases, Version 11
  • ICTLEP: International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy
  • ID: Identity
  • IFGE: International Foundation for Gender Education
  • IJT: International Journal of Transgenderism
  • ILGA: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
  • IRCC:
    • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
    • Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada
  • IS: Intersexuality
  • ISBN: International Standard Book Number
  • ISNA: Intersex Society of North America

L

  • LAVA: Laser-assisted voice adjustment
  • LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • LGB: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
  • LGBT: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
  • LGBTQ:
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning
  • LGBTQ+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, +
  • LGBTQIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual
  • LGBTQQIAPP+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Polysexual
  • LH: Luteinizing hormone
  • LHR: Laser hair removal
  • LLF: Lambda Literary Foundation

M

  • M-F: Male to female
  • M2F: Male to female
  • MAAB: Male Assigned at Birth
  • MBM: “Man born man”
  • MMPI: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
  • MOC: Masculine of Color
  • MOGAI: Marginalized orientations, gender alignments, and intersex
  • MPA: Medroxyprogesterone acetate
  • MPB: Male pattern baldness
  • MPHL: Male pattern hair loss
  • MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MSM: Men who have sesx with men
  • MSTW: Men who have sex with trans women
  • MSW: Masters in Social Work
  • MTF: Male to Female
  • MTIMB: Men Trapped in Men’s Bodies
  • MTT: “Male to Trans”
  • MTX: Male to Non-binary
  • MWMF: Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

N

  • NA: Narcotics Anonymous
  • NB: Non-binary
  • NBGV: Non-binary Gender Variant
  • NCLR: National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • NCTE: National Center for Transgender Equality
  • NG: Neurodivergent
  • NDC: National Drug Code
  • NIH: National Institutes of Health
  • NIMH: National Institutes for Mental Health
  • NLGJA: National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
  • NOS: Not Otherwise Specified
  • NSSI: Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • NT: Neurotypical
  • NTAC: National Transgender Advocacy Coalition

O

  • OA: Overeaters Anonymous
  • OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • ONA: Open and Affirming

P

  • PAIS: Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
  • PCOD Polycystic ovarian disease
  • PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • PEP: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • PFC: Press for Change
  • PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
  • PPP: Pack, pee, play
  • PreP: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • PT: Part time

Q

  • Q:
    • Queer
    • Questioning

R

  • RLE: “Real life experience”
  • RLT: “Real life test”
  • ROGD:Rapid-onset gender dysphoria

S

  • SAGE:
    • Sex and Gender Explorer
    • Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders
  • SGL: Same-gender loving
  • SGM: Sex and Gender Minorities
  • SH: Self-harm
  • SHBG: Sex hormone-binding globulin
  • SI: Self-injury
  • SIB: Self-injurious behavior
  • SIV: Self-inflicted violence
  • SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
  • SLP: Speech-Language Pathologist
  • SO: Significant other
  • SOC: Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders
  • SOCE: Sexual orientation change efforts
  • SOFFA: Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies
  • SOGI: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • SPART*A: Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All
  • SRLP: Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  • SRS: “Sex reassignment surgery”
  • SS: Social Security
  • SSA: US Social Security Administration
  • SSS: Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess)
  • SSSS: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • STAR: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries
  • STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • STI: Sexually Transmitted Infection
  • STBBI: Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infection
  • STP:
    • Stand to pee
    • Stop Trans Pathologization

T

  • T*: Trans-
  • T: Testosterone
  • TAF/FTC:
  • TAVA: Transgender American Veterans Association
  • TAW: Transgender at Work
  • TCR: Chondrolaryngoplasty
  • TDF/FTC: Truvada
  • TDOV: Transgender Day of Visibility
  • TG: Transgender
  • TGEU: Transgender Europe
  • TGF: Transgender Forum
  • TDOR: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • TENI: Transgender Equality Network Ireland
  • TERF: “Trans-exclusionary radical feminist”
  • TGNC: Trans and gender-nonconforming
  • TIF: “Trans identified female”
  • TIM: “Trans identified male”
  • TLC: Transgender Law Center
  • TLDEF: Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund
  • TLPI: Transgender Law & Policy Institute
  • TMWWBQ: The Man Who Would Be Queen
  • TNET: Transgender Network (PFLAG)
  • TOPS: Transgender Officers Protect and Serve
  • TRA: Trans rights activist
  • TRS: Transition-related Surgery
  • TS:
    • “Transsexual”
    • “Transexual”
  • TSER: Trans Student Educational Resources
  • TV: “Transvestite”
  • TWERF: “Trans Women Exclusionary Radical Feminist”
  • TWOC: Trans Woman of Color
  • TYFA: Trans Youth Family Allies

U

  • U=U: Undetectable=Untransmittable
  • USPATH: United States Professional Association for Transgender Health

V

  • VFE: Vocal function exercises
  • VFFS: Virtual facial feminization surgery
  • VGV: “Visibly gender variant”

W

  • WBW:
    • “Woman Born Woman”
    • “Womyn Born Womyn”
  • WHO: World Health Organization
  • WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health

X

  • X: Gender designation allowed on some identity documents instead of M or F
  • XO: Turner syndrome
  • XXY: Klinefelter syndrome
  • XYY: XYY syndrome

Z

  • ZDV: Zero depth vaginoplasty