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What does it mean?

FTM is short for “female-to-male”.

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

Oxford Dictionaries

Terms with similar meanings are trans man or trans guy.

History focused

"FTM" 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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