Question: When did cisgender become a thing?

“Cisgender” was coined in academic journal articles in the 1990s. It started to gain broader popularity from around 2007 when transgender theorist Julia Serano discussed it in her book Whipping Girl. Over the next decade, activists, scholars and online forums helped to, literally, spread the word.

What is the origin of cis?

Cisgender has its origin in the Latin-derived prefix cis-, meaning on this side of, which is the opposite of trans-, meaning across from or on the other side of.

When was cisgender added to the dictionary?

Cisgender first found legitimacy among lexicographers last summer, when the Oxford English Dictionary added an entry for the word, which OED traced to the late 1990s. Merriam-Webster argues that cisgender is older than that: The oldest evidence of its use that editors there could find dates back to 1994.

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