This page is under HEAVY revision, and isn't ready for prime-time yet!!!
Due to new information discovered in the process of writing a different article -- and a lack of research done on relevant parts of what was here, as well as a direction that became more harmful than benefitial -- this page is under HEAVY revision. That said, my take on the common consensus on what it means is "an individual that plans, desires, or takes actionable progress, whether past or present, towards changing one's gender." Elaborating on my rationale for this will be done when I can appropriately correct the article.
In the meantime, here are sources I have compiled that back this viewpoint up:
writes "'Transsexual' was not coined until 1949, 'transgender' not until 1971, and 'trans' (a very British term) not until 1996," however it unfortunately does not elaborate on these defintions. The earliest known definition that I could find comes from The News Minute
, who states that the definition "urge for gender ('sex') change" dates back to 1965.
, published in 1980, was the first medical text that touched on the subject, and described Gender Identity Disorder (a precursor to what we now know as being transgender) in more explicit terms, writing "The essential features of this disorder are a persistent discomfort and sense of inappropriateness about one's assigned sex in a person who has reached puberty. In addition, there is persistent preoccupation, for at least two years, with getting rid of one's primary and secondary sex characteristics and acquiring the sex characteristics of the other sex
. Therefore, the diagnosis is not made if the disturb ance is limited to brief periods of stress. Invariably there is the wish to live as a member of the other sex."
It seems the only definition I can find that on first glance seems to be inclusive of non-binary — and most importantly those that do not have an urge at all to transition — dates back to March 2003 in the Oxford English Dictionary
, however it is critical
to note that Oxford defines "gender" as "males or females viewed as a group,"
negating this theory.
Also worth noting, he term "non-binary" didn't start gaining traction until at least
All this goes to show that it is misguided at best to assume transgenderism can be conflated with a differing gender identity than that assigned at birth, and malicious at worst. However, if someone knows of a term that means what I have defined above that has widespread adoption, I am all ears. In the meantime, lacking anything to the contrary, I have no reason to believe transgenderism can be void of actional progress.