Transmasculine, or transmasc, is a term used to describe a transgender person who typically was assigned female at birth (AFAB) but identifies fully or partially as a masculine gender. It can be considered umbrella term for people who were assigned a non-masculine identity as birth, but transitioned to a masculine identity.
Transmasculine people can also identify as other, non-masculine genders as well. For example, an androgyne person may identify as transmasculine, though typically one's masculine identities are more significant that one's non-masculine identities, or one wants to emphasize their masculine identity. Tranmasculine people are sometimes called FtM or F2M (female to male) (however, this isn't always accurate as not all transmasculine people are binary trans men).
Transmasculine people are typically AFAB, though they may also possibly be AXAB or UAB. AMAB people cannot be considered transmasculine as the usage of trans means that one was is has gone from a non-masculine identity to a masculine identity. AMAB trans people who identify with a masculine gender may identify as intramasculine and/or admasculine.
Transmasculine is sometimes used, not as a gender identity, but as a way to describe anyone who is assigned female at birth and undergoes masculinization, either through surgery, hormones replacement therapy, or other methods. Under this definition women who take testosterone to attempt to appear more masculine would be considered transmasculine.
The feminine equivalent to transmasculine is transfeminine. The neutral equivalent is transneutral. The androgynous equivalent is transandrogynous. The xenine equivalent is transxenine. The aporine equivalent is transaporine. The outherine equivalent is transoutherine. The AMAB equivalent is intramasculine.
Some examples of genders that transmasculine people may identify as include:
- Binary transgender men
- Non-binary men
- Genderfluid people who identify as masculine more often than other genders.
- Any other non-binary person who is masculine-aligned, man-aligned, or leans towards masculinity.
Many transmasculine people will try to present in a traditionally masculine way. This can include having short hair and wearing traditionally masculine clothes. Some will wear packers to give the feeling and appearance of having a penis. Many will wear binders to make their chest flat, however binding can be dangerous and can lead to deformation of the rib cage, especially if done incorrectly or for long periods of time.
Medical transition typically involves taking testosterone injections, or testosterone gel. Surgical elements can include a mastectomy to remove breasts (known as top surgery), and metoidioplasty and/or phalloplasty to create a penis (known as bottom surgery). It is also not uncommon for trans masc people to have a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), or both.
A transmasculine 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 transmasculine 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 queerautism on July 18, 2020. The flag used a sun to represent masculinity, warmth, hope, and life.
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 sun is masculine.
An alternate flag including red stripes was created by an unknown person sometime before April 21, 2021
An alternate flag was created by tumblr user lavendroused on April 27, 2020. "Dark Magenta: solidarity and shared community with transfems, and all trans people. Pink: gnc femininity / reclamation Orange: masculinity / empowerment. White: wholeness / self-love, self- acceptance / having inherent worth and sacredness / transness. Green: nonbinary transmascs / expansiveness. Turquoise: intersex transmascs, transmascs who were amab, transmasc lesbians, transmasc system members, multigender transmascs, transmascs who hold complex and contradictory identities / our community's complexity, diversity, and authenticity. Blue: trans men / healing. Lavender: queerness / and solidarity with all marginalized people. The Rose: centering transmascs of color. The Lion: strength / visibility / deserving better / referring to the existence of transmasc lions."