Transgender Timeline

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This is a quick reference guide to the development of the trans+gender lexical compound:

1960s

1965: Transgenderism = Transsexual

1969: Transgenderal = Full-Time Non-Op

1970s

1970: Transgendered = Transsexual

1974: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1974: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1975: Transgenderism = Umbrella Term

1975: Transgender = Cross-gender

1975: Transgenderism = Umbrella Term

1975: Transgenderist = Part/Full-Time, Non-Op

1975: Transgenderist = Full-Time, Non-Op

1976: Transgenderist = Part/Full-Time, Non-Op

1976: Transgenderous = Full-Time, Non-Op

1976: Trans-gender = Cross-Gender

1977: Transgenderal = Transsexual

1978: Transgender = Reversed Sex

1978: Transgenderal = Full-Time, Non-Op

1979: Trans-gender = Transsexual

1980s

1981: Trans-gender = Cross-Gender

1981: Transgender = Cross-Gender

1981: Transgender = Cross-Gender

1982: Transgenders = Transsexuals

1982: Transgender = Cross-Gender

1982: Transgenderism = Transgenderist

1983: Transgender = Transsexual 

1984: Transgender = Umbrella Term 

1985: Transgender = Transsexual

1986: Transgenderism = Transgenderist with GID

1986: Trans-gender = Transsexual

1988: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1988: Transgender = Transsexual

1988: Transgender = Transsexual

1988: Transgender = Two-Spirit

1988: Transgender = Transsexual

1988: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1989: Transgender = Transsexual

1989: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1990s

1991: Transgender = Transsexual

1992: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1992: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1993: Transgendered = Umbrella Term

1993: Transgender = Umbrella Term

1995: Transgender = Umbrella Term


NOTES:

2012.17.12: Added another 1975 “transgenderism” usage from FI News

2012.18.12: Added another 1988 reference to transgender

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Cristan

Cristan Williams is a trans historian and activist. She started one of the first trans homeless shelters and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice site TransAdvocate.com, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

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