of or relating to people with gender expressions outside traditional norms, as transgender, genderqueer, agender, or nonbinary: important trans* issues;campus groups that welcome trans* students.
Usually Offensive. a person with a gender identity outside traditional gender norms.
The use of the wildcard asterisk is intended to encompass multiple discrete identity labels while also accommodating complex intersectional or overlapping identities. However, many in the trans community prefer the label trans without the asterisk, trans+ , or LGBT+ as an inclusive umbrella term.
Some people find the version with the asterisk to be inaccurate (inclusive of all nonbinary people, whether or not they identify as trans), exclusionary (implying that some people who identify as trans are not trans enough), or offensive (by association with the asterisk convention used in recordkeeping to mark an entry as imperfect or irregular). As with most labels, it is best to respect and adopt the language by which the person in question self-identifies.
- See also trans+.
Other definitions for trans (2 of 4)
Usually Offensive. a person who is transgender.
Many transgender people prefer writing trans compounds as two words, as in trans man, trans woman, and trans person. When so written as an open compound with a space, trans functions as an adjective modifying a noun such as man. Spelling these words as closed or hyphenated compounds, as in transmale and trans-people, loses the distinction between trans as a descriptive adjective and man, woman, or person as a human being. Similarly, cis male and cis female are the preferred spelling of these terms. See also transgender.
Other definitions for trans- (3 of 4)
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (transcend; transfix); on this model, used with the meanings “across,” “beyond,” “through,” “changing thoroughly,” “transverse,” in combination with elements of any origin: transisthmian; trans-Siberian; transempirical; transvalue.
Chemistry. a prefix denoting a geometric isomer having a pair of identical atoms or groups on the opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond.: Compare cis- (def. 2).
Astronomy. a prefix denoting something farther from the sun (than a given planet): trans-Martian; trans-Neptunian.
a prefix meaning “on the other side of,” referring to the misalignment of one’s gender identity with one's sex assigned at birth: transgender.
Other definitions for trans. (4 of 4)
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How to use trans* in a sentence
In one such 2019 diatribe, Bauer made a comment that disparaged and discredited trans and nonbinary people.Trevor Bauer, unorthodox star with an unorthodox deal, gets an unorthodox Dodgers intro | Chelsea Janes | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Casa Ruby CEO Ruby Corado, a trans activist who was born in El Salvador, attended Menjívar’s platform announcement.Ruby Corado backs transgender Central American Parliament candidate | Michael K. Lavers | February 11, 2021 | Washington Blade
By the time the series reaches its halfway mark, it becomes clear that, while she may well have been culpable in the events that led to the charges against her, she was really being punished for the crime of being trans.‘The Lady and the Dale’ explores transphobia in 1970s America | John Paul King | February 10, 2021 | Washington Blade
Both cis and trans folks are invited to this creative event, which includes a guided card-making activity.
Many trans folks have their own short list of icons and archetypes that they look up to, and so many of those stories have not been told.'We All Have to Create Our Own Universe.' Producer and Artist Zackary Drucker on Telling Nuanced Trans Stories | Suyin Haynes | February 8, 2021 | Time
In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
We are the sick ones who torment trans people every day of their lives.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A very good quality of tobacco is grown in the trans-Caucasian provinces; it also flourishes well in the Southern provinces.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
This is the route which was provisionally decided on by the great trans-Atlantic companies subsequent to the Titanic disaster.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government
If the troops in Trans-Caucasia were not much libelled, many of them came from their barracks, in exchange for vodka!The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Graham made the first extended investigations in this field: Trans.The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. | Julius Stieglitz
He also informed me that the great trans-Continental telegraph wire was being constructed from north to south.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
British Dictionary definitions for trans- (1 of 2)
across, beyond, crossing, on the other side: transoceanic; trans-Siberian; transatlantic
changing thoroughly: transliterate
(often in italics) indicating that a chemical compound has a molecular structure in which two groups or atoms are on opposite sides of a double bond: trans-butadiene Compare cis- (def. 2)
British Dictionary definitions for trans. (2 of 2)
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