A person who is transmasculine is usually assigned female at birth, yet they connect and identify much stronger with being male, and masculinity in general.
The “transmasculine” person will often dress and behave more masculine as their gender expression, as this is what they feel comfortable in.
“Transmasculine” people have a big chance of feeling strong gender dysphoria if they are not accepted by their experienced gender, if they are named by the wrong pronouns, and if they feel restricted in their gender expression.
Will often prefer he/him pronouns, but it is recommended to always ask before any assumptions.
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It is unclear who coined the term, but it first appeared on the internet in the early 2010’s.
It was first defined on Urban Dictionary by user Niko7623 in 2013, and later mentioned in “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community” by Oxford University Press in 2014.
Spread and Usage
Contrary to popular belief, “transmasculine” is not the equivalent to “trans man”. In fact, “transmasculine” is an umbrella term under which you also find “trans man”, as well as “demiboy”, “multigender” with stronger association to masculinity, masculine “genderfluid” and other non-binary people with stronger pull towards masculinity.
The “transmasculine” pride flag is made up of 7 horisontal stripes, of which the outer ones are pink, followed by gradually darker shades of blue.
The female variant of “transmasculine” is “transfeminine”, also an umbrella term for people who are born a different gender than they may identify with.