Transfeminine or trans fem is a term used to describe a transgender person who typically was assigned male at birth (AMAB) but identifies fully or partially as a feminine gender. It can be considered umbrella term for people who were assigned a non-feminine identity as birth, but transitioned to a feminine identity.
Transfeminine people can also identify as other, non-feminine genders as well. For example, an androgyne person may identify as transfeminine, though typically one's feminine identities are more significant that one's non-feminine identities, or one wants to emphasize their feminine identity. Transfeminine people are sometimes called MtF or M2F (male to female) (however, this isn't always accurate as not all transfeminine people are binary trans women).
Transfeminine people are typically AMAB, though they may also possibly be AXAB or UAB. AFAB people cannot be considered transfeminine as the usage of trans means that one was is has gone from a non-feminine identity to a feminine identity. AFAB trans people who identify with a feminine gender may identify as intrafeminine and/or adfeminine.
Transfeminine is sometimes used, not as a gender identity, but as a way to describe anyone who is assigned male at birth and undergoes femininization, either through surgery, hormone replacement therapy, or other methods. Under this definition men who take hormones to attempt to appear more feminine would be considered transfeminine.
Some examples of genders that transfeminine people may identify as include:
- Binary transgender women
- Non-binary women
- Genderfluid people who identify as feminine more often than other genders.
- Any other non-binary person who is feminine-aligned, woman-aligned, or leans towards femininity.
Many transfeminine people will try to present in a traditionally feminine way. This can include having long hair, wearing traditionally feminine clothes, and wearing makeup. They may wear breast forms to give the appearance of breasts. Some will tuck, which is the act of pushing the testicles back into the body and pushing or taping the penis back, to get rid of the bulge created by the penis. This can be dangerous to do for extended amounts of time, and it may be impossible for some trans fem people as their body might not allow them to fully push their testicles back into their body.
Medical transition typically involves taking testosterone blocking medication and estrogen, in the form of pills, injections, or gel. Surgical elements can include a vaginoplasty to create a vagina, and sometimes breast implants. Breast implants are sometimes not necessary though, as estrogen will cause breast growth. Some trans feminine people will get facial feminization surgery and many will undergo laser hair removal.
A transfeminine person may do all, some, or none of these things. Some may not feel a need to transition and some may be unable to transition due to medical reasons.
The most common transfeminine flag was created by an unknown person on or before July 4, 2015. The flag has no confirmed meaning, but uses the same shades of pink and blue on the transgender flag.
An alternate flag was created by an unknown reddit user on December 28, 2019.
An alternate flag was created by Tumblr user frankenfaggot on or before November 8, 2020. The flag has no confirmed meaning but is based on the idea that the moon is feminine.