Understanding Transgender and Transsexual

Understanding Transgender and Transsexual

People who identify as transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the “wrong body”. Transgender people are those who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. Being transgender means that there is a mismatch between the sex you were assigned at birth and your gender identity. Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another.

A transgender woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. The label of a transgender woman is not always interchangeable with that of a transsexual woman, although the two labels are often used in this manner.

A transgender man is a man who was assigned female at birth. Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation, transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or may decline to label their sexual orientation.

Transsexual people experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with, or not culturally associated with, their assigned sex, and desire to permanently transition to the gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance including hormone replacement therapy and other sex reassignment therapies to help them align their body with their identified sex or gender. Many people confuse transgender and transsexual people with people with intersex conditions because they see two groups of people who would like to choose their own gender identity and sometimes those choices require hormonal treatments and/or surgery. In spite of these similarities, these two groups should not be and cannot be thought of as one.