Welcome to the Transgender portal
people have a gender identity
or gender expression
that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth
. Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition
from one sex to another identify as transsexual
, often shortened as trans
, is also an umbrella term
; in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men
and trans women
), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are non-binary or genderqueer
, including bigender
, or agender
). Other definitions of transgender
also include people who belong to a third gender
, or else conceptualize transgender people as
a third gender. The term transgender
may be defined very broadly to include cross-dressers
Being transgender is distinct from sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or may decline to label their sexual orientation. The term transgender is also distinguished from intersex, a term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". The opposite of transgender is cisgender, which describes persons whose gender identity or expression matches their assigned sex.
The degree to which individuals feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance and accept their genuine identity has been called transgender congruence. Many transgender people experience gender dysphoria, and some seek medical treatments such as hormone replacement therapy, sex reassignment surgery, or psychotherapy. Not all transgender people desire these treatments, and some cannot undergo them for financial or medical reasons.
Many transgender people face discrimination in the workplace and in accessing public accommodations and healthcare. In many places, they are not legally protected from discrimination. (Full article...)
A trans woman (sometimes trans-woman or transwoman) is a woman who was assigned male at birth. Trans women may experience gender dysphoria and may transition; this process commonly includes hormone replacement therapy and sometimes sex reassignment surgery, which can bring immense relief and even resolve gender dysphoria entirely. Trans women may be heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, asexual, or identify with other terms (such as queer).
The term transgender woman is not always interchangeable with transsexual woman, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Transgender is an umbrella term that includes different types of gender variant people (including transsexual people). Trans women face a vast amount of discrimination (transmisogyny, a subset of transphobia), including in employment and access to housing, and face physical and sexual violence and hate crimes, including from partners; in the United States, discrimination is particularly severe towards trans women who are members of a racial minority, who often face the intersection of transphobia and racism.
Did you know...
Having an opinion about transsexuality is about as useful as having an opinion on blindness. You can think whatever you like about it, but in the end, your friend is still blind and surely deserves to see.
This month's birthdays
- 4 – Chaz Bono (1969), American writer, musician and actor
- 10 – Janet Mock (1983), American trans woman, author, director and screenwriter
- 10 – Angela Morley (1916-1989), English musician and composer
- 15 – Kate Bornstein (1948), American non-binary author and gender theorist
- 16 – Anna Grodzka (1954), Polish politician
- 18 – Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (1928), German museum founder
- 28 – Alexandra Billings (1962), American transgender actress
Jenny Bailey was the civic leader of Cambridge City Council in Cambridge, England. Bailey served her mayoral term from 2007-2008. Bailey became a member of the city council in 2002, when she was elected to represent the suburb of East Chesterton within Cambridge. She served the council continuously from 2002-2007, rising the ranks until she was chosen to become mayor in 2007. Prior to her appointment as full mayor, she acted as a deputy in 2006.
She was the first transgender mayor in the United Kingdom, with Varsity, the eldest of Cambridge University's newspapers, suggesting even the world. However, Bailey was keen to play down the significance of this, saying, "I don't want to let it define me."
Bust of Elagabalus, Roman Emperor of the Severan dynasty who reigned from 218 to 222. Elagabalus' gender identity are the source of much controversy and debate. Because of accounts by contemporary historian Cassius Dio and others that Elagabalus wore women's clothing, preferred to be called a lady, and sought vaginoplasty, the emperor is considered by some historians to be an early transgender figure and one of the first on record as seeking sex reassignment surgery.
Ian Harvie, an American comedian and openly transgender man.
Atlas on laws concerning gender identity-expression by country or territory. Purple regions allow legal gender change, red regions have no legal gender change and the status in grey regions is unknown or ambiguous. Light purple regions require surgery to change gender and dark purple regions do not require surgery.
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