Some of these definitions are believed understood by most people, but are so misused their meanings are taken as quite different things by different people. Here they are specific.
SR-71: Developed in the latter 1950s, was an ultra-high altitude Mach 3+ reconnaissance “spy plane,” the fastest plane to carry a human at the time, with a reduced radar cross section (semi-stealth); served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998.
U-2: Developed in the 1950s, was an ultra-high altitude reconnaissance airplane; Served for the Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S. and is one of the few to have served in the U.S. Air Force for over 50 years.
THE TWO APAs:
APA: American Psychiatric Association; publishes the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (See DSM below). Homosexuality used to be believed a mental illness. It was removed from the DSM in 1973 by APA convention vote. Sex and gender dysphoria issues should be removed, as well—we’ve no place in a manual of mental disorders. Gays aren’t sick, and we aren’t sick either. Where issues of suicidality, depression, etc., exist, they can be treated by their own inclusion. The APA is pathologizing us, making us seem mentally ill, included there for 3rd party reimbursement issues, for insurance company billings…and as such they’re voting themselves a pay check, like the other APA below.
Note: Psychiatry and psychology overlap but are not the same thing.
APA: American Psychological Association. They acknowledge not all people agree with “transgender” as an umbrella term, but, sadly, they state their support of it. Most trans persons are transgender(ist) or non-conforming, non-binary, so it’s not surprising the APA would seek to please its largest paying base, even if it means marginalizing transsexualism (a very small minority by comparison). Money has a lot to do with these things. My view is not uninformed; I am a licensed psychotherapist (retired).
CISNATAL: Same as birth or expectations resulting from birth, whether sex or gender; male now if male then; woman now if girl then (in contrast to transnatal meaning a crossing since birth).
CONFLATE: Combining two different things to make a new thing; two into one, grouped. Example of sex/gender conflation “My gender is female.” Non-conflated: “My gender is feminine,” and “My sex is female.”
DSM: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, edited by the American Psychiatric Association (see APA above); used as a list of mental disorders for reference, identification, discussion, and 3rd party payments to therapists from insurance companies.
GENDER (personage): masculinity or femininity; manly or womanly; man or woman.
GENDER (social role): Society accepting someone in role of new “gender,” even if conflated with sex, usually without SRS. Most “transgenders” do not have surgery of any kind, almost all avoid SRS, so are some version of cis genitalia.
GENDER REFERENCED SURGERIES that may erroneously imply SRS but may also refer to surgeries that affect gender (masculinity or femininity, such as breast augmentation, FFS…).
GAS: Gender Affirming Surgery.
GCS: Gender Confirming/Corrective Surgery.
GRS: Gender/Genital Reassignment/Reconstructive Surgery.
GENDER IDENTITY: “I am a woman.” (Sex identity is, “I am a female.”)
GENDER EXPRESSION: As masculine or feminine; womanly or manly (as opposed to sex expression as in genitalia).
FFS: Facial Feminizing Surgery, the process whereby a skilled surgeon can subtly trim underlying facial bone and also move relevant soft tissue to feminize a face.
NSA: National Security Agency, headquartered in Ft. Meade, MD, is charged with signal intelligence (SIGINT) around the world.
NSGA: Naval Security Group Activity, NavSecGruAct, or NSGA, was part of Naval Intelligence and the NSA’s Central Security Service, active between 1935 and 2005, for SIGINT, signal intelligence.
NSOC: National Security Operations Center, the NSA’s operation and time-sensitive SIGINT, signal intelligence.
ORCHIECTOMY: Surgical removal of one or both testes. It happens a lot that transgenders will have an orchie so they can take fewer hormones to be feminized and because there is less bulk in the panties, easier to hide a penis, and then claim it was GAS, GCS, GRS…
PENIS: A male reproductive and sex organ.
SEX (physical): Primary sex characteristics of chromosomes, gonads, reproductive organs, genital anatomy, goes to reproduction of the species; being male or female (not to be conflated with gender).
SEX CHANGE: It is with great pain I share that biologic sex cannot yet be changed. It may be changed legally (where allowed), socially (where groups agree), and anatomically (per surgery). It can be changed legally where allowed, socially where accepted, and genitally in form an function.
SRS: Sex Reassignment Surgery; replace the anatomical genitalia of one sex with the other, as in to convert male genitalia to female or vice versa. SRS is specific to this, where GCS, GRS, or GAS are euphemistic. People who wish to be specific or promote transsexualism as a separate phenomenon from transgenderism tend to reference SRS.
SEX EXPRESSION: With genitalia, as male or female.
SEX IDENTITY: “I am a female.” (Gender identity is, “I am a woman.”
SEX ORIENTATION: Who one is into; attracted to men or women, males or females.
SEX RESPONSE: How one responds, sexually; as a male or as a female responds. NOTE: This is very deep, I believe neurologic.
SIGINT: Signal Intelligence, one of the functions of the NSA (see NSOC).
TRANS PEOPLE: Trans, in this case, as I use it, means “trans something” or “trans anything,” not just “transgender”; any form of trans living, including trans sex, trans gender, and trans clothes. We are all trans, but we are not all transgender.
(1) TRANSGENDER (phenomenon, A.K.A. Transgenderist, non-binary): Demonstrated need to change gender, not physical sex. Almost all people who identify today as “transgender.”
Virginia Prince, Ph.D. popularized “transgenderist” to mean “…people like myself who have breasts and live full time as a woman, but who have no intention of having genital surgery…” (Gender Blending, P. 469, 1997). Most transgenders scream offense if “transgenderist” is used, because they want to hide the penis retained, and “transgenderist” includes it phenomenologically—yet if a reference is meant to include the penis, it’s appropriate to use it.
Promoters of the transgender paradigm have been saying “transgenderist” is offensive since the 21st century. It’s accurate, means “the person who is transgender,” but it was popularized to mean keeping a form of cisnatal genitalia. I don’t want to offend, but “transgender” used for me (transsexual) is painfully offensive, so I need to be clear that I’m referring to the 98% of transgenders who don’t want SRS, who, for FtM, keep the penis. Our sexual identities, sex expression, and sexual response are all opposite, a life and death matter to people like me, worthy of recognition as much as any males vs. females.
(2) TRANSGENDER (social role, usually need to be non-binary): Anyone who changes social role from one gender to the other. Many of us feel hurt when the emphasis is on gender, when our own emphasis is on physical sex, much deeper, more encompassing, where most gender shifting does not include physical sex or sexual response.
It astonishes me that transgenders complain “transgenderist” is offensive because it references a penis, demand it not be used even if accurate, yet feel no compunction against labeling transsexuals with the offensive “transgender” which usually relates to “transgenderists”—the opposite sex from transsexuals. This is an example of a self-centered, manipulative demand for acceptance.
TRANSSEXUAL: Demonstrated need to change physical sex, be the other binary. Gender is involved, but physical change of sex is salient, much deeper. SRS is needed, and if medical science were able, transition would include chromosomes and reproductive system as well.
TRANSNATAL: As an antonym of cisnatal, used herein as different from birth or expectations resulting from birth, whether sex or gender; female now if male then; woman now if boy then…
VAGINA: A female reproductive and sex organ.