This glossary covers a wide range of terms and abbreviations used by or when talking about folks in the Trans* community. Some of these words are outdated terms and others are very new. We are constantly creating new language to describe our life experiences and as such, there may be some terms missing from this glossary. If you would like to add a word to our glossary, please email

Glossary of Terms


A surgical procedure to remove all or part of the vagina. A vaginectomy may be performed alone or in combination with a metoidioplasty/phalloplasty. In gender-affirming contexts, a vaginectomy typically involves the removal of and smooth closure of the vaginal canal.


A surgical procedure intended to surgically construct a vagina from one’s phallus and scrotum. Vaginoplasty is typically performed as a single surgical technique, but some may seek follow-up surgeries—such as labiaplasty—to enhance certain physical characteristics. (Source: Trans Lifeline Glossary of Terms and Definitions)

Voice Training (aka: Voice Therapy)

A process of training one’s voice to achieve a pitch that is more in line with their gender identity and/or presentation. Some people seek professional assistance from a speech therapist to get started while others train themselves using video tutorials or tips from fellow trans folks. Voice training is most commonly used by transfeminine individuals as estrogenic HRT does not change the pitch of one’s voice.


Refers to the female external genitalia, or the genitalia of those assigned female at birth (AFAB). The components of the vulva are the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, vestibular bulbs, vulva vestibule, Bartholin's glands, Skene's glands, urethra, and vaginal opening.