The following terms are commonly used by the German speaking trans community to describe themselves:
The adjective trans is a frequently used term pertaining to the identification of people who do not, or not exclusively so, identify with the gender which they were assigned at birth. This term includes non-binary people as well as trans people, however, not all non-binary people refer to themselves as trans.
A trans boy is a boy who was not assigned male at birth.
A trans girl is a girl who was not assigned female at birth.
A non-binary trans person is a person who was not assigned non-binary at birth.
The star (or asterisk) stands, just like with search-engines and coded language, for a number of possible endings like transgender, transident (specific German word) or transsexual.
For more information, click here (Dictionary Diversity Arts Culture, trans). (only in German language)
The term non-binary refers to people whose gender identity does not (always/completely) match female or male / man or woman. It is an umbrella term which describes different and alternative ways to experience gender.
For more information visit (Nichtbinär-Wiki, non-binary and genderqueer). (only in German language)
Cis people are people who identify with the gender which they were assigned at birth. It is commonly used as the opposite of trans.
In the German-speaking context, queer is used as an umbrella term for all people who do not meet the romantic, sexual, and/or gender norms of society. In English, it has been used (and still is used) as a slur and insult (especially) for gay men. Nowadays, the term has gained a positive connotation and many people use it to identify with.
For more information, click here (Dictionary Diversity Arts Culture, queer). (only in German language)
Useful theoretical knowledge
The following definitions can be helpful in classifying discrimination and naming experiences of discrimination. Some young trans and non-binary people already make use of these “conceptual tools”. If you know the meaning of the terms described below, you will understand the young trans and non-binary people in your life better and will be able to support them more effectively.
Heteronormativity describes a world-view and a social value system that knows only two unambiguous genders (male and female), which are determined from the outside and cannot be changed. According to this world-view, relationships always take place between these genders, i.e. only heterosexual relationships are considered normal.
For more information, click here (Dictionary Diversity Arts Culture, Heteronormativität). (only in German language)
Cisnormativity describes a world-view and social value system that recognizes only cisgender people and considers them as the norm. Accordingly, like heteronormativity, it includes the false assumption of only two unambiguous, unchangeable genders (male and female). (Additionally), it contains the assumption that a person’s gender identity always matches the sex assigned at birth. Cisnormativity thus involves the belief that all (“healthy”) people are cisgender.