Trans* is short for “transgender” and “transsexual”, however the terms are not interchangeable and mean different things to different people. Given that trans* has less political baggage I tend to use it in place of the other 2 terms. If you are are mentally the same gender as your birth sex then you are CIS-gender (CIS comes from organic chemistry and refers to the fact that both birth sex and gender identity are on the “same” side). If your gender identity is distinct from your birth sex then you are TRANS-gender (sex and gender are on “opposite” sides). Like sexuality, gender identity does not neatly fit into 2 separate boxes. Some people may feel that they are the opposite gender, between genders, both genders or neither. Posts in this category relate to these individuals.