20 Oct Transfeminine (abbreviated to transfem)
An umbrella term used to describe transgender people who, generally, are assigned male at birth and identify with a feminine gender identity, often to a greater extent than with a masculine gender identity.
Usually transfeminine people will choose to appear or express themselves as stereotypically feminine. This could be because it feels right to them or because they want to signal their dominant feminine identity to others in society.
As it’s an umbrella term, transfem is used by a wide variety of individuals who do not identify as cisgender, from transgender women to non-binary or genderfluid people.
It’s worth noting that transfem not the same as the word ‘femme’. Femme is a feminine gender role which is sometimes used as a gender identity. It describes anyone in the LGBTQ+ community who is or feels feminine in nature.
Like any label, don’t assume that a person identifies or uses this term to describe themselves unless they tell you otherwise.