Terms and Phrases


Binary Gender

This concept defines gender as two and only two forms: Masculine/Male and Feminine/Female. This system makes the assumption that femininity corresponds to being female, and masculinity corresponds to being male, and that each is the other's opposite. This system leaves no room for people who identify as both/neither/or a fluid combination of masculine and feminine.

Cisgender (Cis)

A cisgender person is someone who is not transgender or transsexual, whose gender expression and identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth. 

Gender Development

Gender development is the process through which we all learn, understand, and identify with our gender. This process is unique and different for every person. 

Holistic Identity

At Argo, we believe that gender is complex and unique to every individual. Our holistic gender education recognizes and embraces children and people as whole-humans rather than the sum of their parts.


Intersectional identities



Derived from the works of feminist womxn of color, intersectionality is used to describe the ways in which different forms of sexism, classism, racism, transphobia and other forms of oppression all intersect and overlap with one another. The point of acknowledging intersectionality is to avoid the social tendency to pit one form of oppression against another, in what we call the  “oppression olympics.” Rather, we acknowledge that most people have overlapping experiences of marginalization that can't be separated or isolated.

For example, a trans woman of color experiences oppression as a woman, as a trans person, and as a woman of color. None of those identities outrank the others, but rather, those experiences intersect to form her full, intersectional identity.  


Gender terms used to refer to a person  (e.g. they, he, she, ze...etc.).  Asking someone their Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP)  is important because it validates that human's experience and does not make assumptions about their gender.

*As a note of clarification, it is a common misconception that "Preferred Gender Pronouns" is the respectful usage. A person's pronouns are an essential way to identify their existence, and not simply preferred, therefore we use the term Personal Gender Pronouns.  


Privilege is an unearned advantage, special right or social immunity granted to a person or group of people in society based on race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, as well as many other factors. There are many types of privilege and it is through examining the ways in which each individual experiences unearned benefits or freedoms that we discover the root of oppression and can innovate new dynamics and shift the paradigm.

Sex Assigned at Birth (SAAB) is a person's first association with gender determined at birth by external physical sex characteristics (genitalia). 

Sex Assigned at Birth


Gender Independent


Gender Non-Conforming (GNC)



Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe a person whose gender identity/expression/lived sex is something other than what they were assigned at birth.

Gender Independent and and Non-Binary are ways of identifying one's gender outside the binary gender categorization of male/masculine and female/feminine. 

Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) is a way of expressing oneself outside the binary gender categorization of male/masculine and female/feminine.

*There are many more terms used to describe a persons individual identity and expression that have not been included here. For a complete list, please send us a request! Everyone's expression is unique and beautiful and every person deserves their own way for identify themselves and their gender expression. 


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