The terms and definitions below are always evolving, changing and often mean different things to different people. They are provided below as a starting point for discussion and understanding. This Glossary has been collectively built and created by the staff members of the LGBTQIA Resource Center since the early 2000s. Are we missing a word or term? Let us know!

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Glossary of Terms

Facial Reconstructive Surgery (aka: Facial Gender Surgery, FRG; Facial Feminization Surgery, FFS or Facial Masculinization Surgery, FMS)

Facial Reconstructive Surgery is a combination of gender-affirming procedures for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to have a more gender-affirming appearing face. Some procedures are surgical, while others are not. Not all transgender and gender non-conforming individuals choose to undergo facial reconstructive surgery, and all individuals are valid in their transition process. (Source: Johns Hopkins “FAQ: Facial Gender Surgery”)


An identity or presentation that leans towards femininity. Femme can be an adjective (he’s a femme boy), a verb (she feels better when she “femmes up”), or a noun (they’re a femme). Although commonly associated with feminine lesbian/queer women, it’s used by many to describe a distinct gender identity and/or expression. This term does not necessarily imply that one identifies as a woman. (Source: TSER “Definitions”).

Furry (Furries, Furry Fandom)

People (or a community) who enjoy role-playing primarily as anthropomorphic animals, creatures, or characters, either through costumes, or/and varying art mediums. The furry community at large is diverse in sexual orientation and gender identity. (Source: EMAC “LGBTQIA+ Terminology")