Outline of transgender topics

The following outline offers an overview and guide to transgender topics.

The term "transgender" is multi-faceted and complex, especially where consensual and precise definitions have not yet been reached. While often the best way to find out how people identify themselves is to ask them, not all persons who might be thought of as falling under the transgender 'umbrella' identify as such.[1] Transgender can also be distinguished from intersex, a term for people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies".[2]

Books and articles written about transgender people or culture are often outdated by the time they are published, if not already outdated at the time of composition, due to inappropriate and/or outdated questions or premises.[3]Psychology, medicine, and social sciences research, aid, or otherwise interact with or study about transgender people. Each field starts from a different point of view, offers different perspectives, and uses different nomenclature. This difference is mirrored by the attitude of transgender people as regards transgender issues, which can be seen in the articles listed below.[4]

People and behaviourEdit

In non-Western culturesEdit

Basic termsEdit


Sexual orientation and behaviourEdit

Sexual orientation and behaviour are independent from gender identity; since both are often mentioned together or even confused, some relevant topics are mentioned here. The first article elaborates on this question.




Medical treatmentEdit

Law and rightsEdit

By countryEdit



Classification and causesEdit

Sexual diversity studiesEdit




Transgender art and artists include:


Film and televisionEdit



  • Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr. one of the stories revolve around a group of transvestites, led by a girl named Georgette.
  • Masculinities Without Men? (ISBN 0-7748-0997-3) by Jean Bobby Noble
  • Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series includes a transgender person as a central character.
  • Luna (ISBN 0-316-73369-5) by Julie Anne Peters
  • Whipping Girl by Julia Serano
  • Becoming, a gender flip book (ISBN 1935613006) by Yishay Garbasz a flip book with images of the artist one year before and one year after her gender afirmation surgery.



Military serviceEdit

Gender-variant people or behaviourEdit

Many other terms describe gender-variant people or behaviour, without the people being described necessarily being transgender: