Pride month!Each June we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and highlight issues faced by the community as well as triumphs overcoming them.Gender issues have come to the fore in a number of ways in recent times, and it’s important to understand what different terms mean in an effort to use them correctly.

Unless you label yourself transgender or non-binary, it’s likely that you’d be considered cisgender – but just what does the word mean?According to the dictionary, the term cisgender means ‘denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.’This means, for example, if someone was born a female and identifies as a woman, they would be cisgender.Some people prefer to use the term non-transgender or gender-normative.However, since both of these assume that being trans is not normal (rather than trans and cis being simply two different but neutral experiences), they can be problematic.The term cisgender has its roots in the Latin language.The word transgender comes from the Latin prefix trans, which loosely translates to ‘on the other side of’.

Someone who is transgender feels like the sex they were assigned at birth does not match up with how they identify.Cis is also a Latin prefix, meaning ‘on this side of’, and cisgender refers to the exact opposite.