What Does It Mean To Be Passing?

This week’s Terminology Tuesday will explain what it means to be passing.

This is not the kind of passing which refers to a grade in a class. Passing has to do with gender identity and expression, and is a term mostly used in the trans* community. 

Passing is when an individual is perceived as the gender they are expressing themself as. 

As earlier discussed, there are times when an individual’s gender identity and expression do not align with their biological sex. Let’s use the example of someone whose biological sex is female, but who identifies and expresses himself as a male. When this individual is perceived as male by those around him, those who haven’t met him and don’t know he’s transgender, he’s passing. 

If you have any questions about passing, or want to add to the discussion, feel free to comment, tweet, or contact me.

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