1. “Clock”

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For cis people: an instrument that allows you to tell time.
For trans people: when someone is able to tell that another person is trans. Some folks object to the term because of its association with being punched.

I didn’t think anyone could tell I’m trans until some bratty kid clocked me.

2. “Chaser”

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For cis people: that drink you have right after that other drink you have.
For trans people: a person (usually a man) who chases you around because you’re trans and refuses to take the hint.

Don’t friend that random guy on Facebook. He’s a total chaser!

3. “Packing”

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For cis people: putting your damn stuff into damn suitcases or boxes.

For trans people: using a prosthetic device to give the outward appearance of having a penis.

I thought packing would keep people from staring at my crotch when they find out I’m trans, but they keep doing it anyway.

4. “Tuck”

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For cis people: what you do with your shirt to make yourself look neat.
For trans people: what you do with your lady-penis if you’re a trans woman or femme to make yourself look like you have a vagina.

Almost ready to go out tonight — just have to tuck first!

5. “Pass”

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For cis people: tossing something.
For racial minorities: to be perceived as a different race (usually white) than you actually are.
For trans people: to be perceived as cisgender.

I wouldn’t care if I pass, except it makes me feel safer when I’m walking home at night.

6. “Tall girl”

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For cis people: You know, a tall girl.
For trans people: A way of referring to a trans woman.

That gorgeous woman over there is a tall girl like me.

7. “Binder”

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For cis people: those contraptions where you keep your notes.
For trans people: those contraptions where you keep your chest contained if you’re a transmasculine or otherwise gender-nonconforming person with breasts.

Wearing a binder is a total lifesaver, because it makes me feel more comfortable with my gender presentation.

8. “CD”

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For cis people: those discs you played music on unless you were born in the 21st century.

For trans people: an abbreviation for cross-dresser.

I’m pretty sure she’s a CD and doesn’t consider herself to be trans.

9. “Stealth”

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For cis people: hidden, like a bomber.
For trans people: hidden, like your trans status.

I’d love to be out but I’m stealth on the job, because otherwise I’m worried I’d get fired.

10. “Read”

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For cis people: to get meaning from printed words.

For trans people:
a. to get that someone’s trans just by looking at them. More friendly than “clock.” OR:
b. to tell someone painful realities about themselves they don’t necessarily want to hear.

a. That other trans girl totally read me and we had a bonding moment.
b. Stop being so petty or I will read you.

11. “Full-time”

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For cis people: a boring day job.
For trans people: a joyful occasion when you can finally present as the gender you feel yourself to be all the time.

After years of presenting as a woman only for special occasions, she went full-time last week and things are going really well so far.

12. “Egg”

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For cis people: proto-chicks that will someday come out of their shell and become chickens, unless we eat them first.
For trans people: proto-trans women who haven’t transitioned but will someday come out of their shell and be their true selves, unless society prevents them.

When I started growing my hair long in college without really understanding why, I was a total egg.

13. “Muggle”

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For cis people: those boring people in Harry Potter books who have no magical powers.
For trans people: those boring people in the world who have no gender-changing powers, aka cis people.

Don’t mind her transphobia, she’s just a clueless Muggle.

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April Marshall
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April Marshall, our Editor in Chief, is a ::mumblemumble:: year old trans woman from Kansas City. April has a very strange background including acting, stand up comedy, playwriting, running Rocky Horror shadow casts, and professional wrestling. You may have also seen April, in another life, on the Jerry Springer show. Yes we are serious.

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