1. Yes. Cisgender and transgender are both conditions and identities.
  2. No one’s identity is obvious or apparent. To learn them, one politely asks, “How do you identify (in terms of gender)?” Or, “What is your gender identity?” And then respects the answer.

Michael J. Murphy, MA, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the author of many book chapters, and encyclopedia and journal articles. Most recently he edited Living Out Loud: An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture (Routledge, 2019). He lives in St. Louis with his husband.

Professional homosexual. Professor. Writer. Scholar. Activist. Husband.

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