or DFAB or designated female at birth


What does AFAB mean?

Often used by people who are sharing their gender identity, AFAB is short for "assigned female at birth."


When a person's gender identity contrasts with the female sex they were assigned at birth, for example, they might say they were "AFAB."

Examples of AFAB


Examples of AFAB
"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel." #transawarenessweek #translivesmatter #transgender #transrightsarehumanrights #wontbeerased #translove #mtf #ftm #amab #afab #thisiswhattranslookslike
@HavenPromos, November, 2018
AFAB trans friendship is yelling at each other about binding safely and demanding them to take a break💛💛
@EmmettMix, November, 2017
I so easily attach to women characters(usually more masculine ladies) bc as an afab trans person, the cis man experience is so incredibly unrelatable that I find it impossible to sympathize and understand male characters.
@softy_boy, December, 2018

Where does AFAB come from?


If sex and gender are not the same thing (news flash: they’re not), then it’s hardly surprising that the sex label put on little babies when they’re born doesn’t always match up with the gender identity of someone who’s old enough to know who they really are.

AFAB (and the related AMAB) were coined to help clarify the difference between the two, especially for people whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth.

Who uses AFAB?

Sex assignment at birth is made using biological markers, such as chromosomes and the presence of specific organs such as the vulva or penis. Someone who is “assigned female at birth” or AFAB will typically have two X chromosomes and a vulva.

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