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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Hormone Replacement Therapy (abbrev.: HRT)

Hormone Replacement Therapy is a gender-affirming practice for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals that generates physical and emotional changes in the body. There are two types of hormone therapy. Estrogen (feminizing hormones) may decrease libido, increase breast growth, and more. Testosterone (masculinizing hormones) may grow more facial/body hair, deepen one’s voice, and more. Hormone therapy can affirm one’s gender identity, decrease feelings of dysphoria (for those who experience it), and improve mental health. Individuals should consult their doctors before undergoing HRT. Not all transgender and gender non-conforming individuals choose to undergo hormone therapy, and all individuals are valid in their transition process. (Source: Metrohealth “Hormone Replacement Therapy” | NIH “Terms and Definitions”)