What does it mean?

MTF is short for “male-to-female”.

“Denoting or relating to a person whose birth sex is male and who subsequently adopts the identity or appearance of a female, especially one who has undergone gender reassignment.” – Oxford Dictionaries

Terms with similar meanings are trans woman or trans girl.

History focused

"MTF" is a word that describes people using their history.

Words like this can:

  • make it visible that people in that situation are able to make changes
  • make it visible that people in that situation are allowed to make changes

However, words like this can also:

  • help create an expectation that people’s history is public and not private
  • give the impression that someone was not always their current gender

Think carefully before using this word to describe someone or a group of people - they may not wish to be described that way.

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