Welcome to the Transgender portal
people have a gender identity
or gender expression
that differs from their sex 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
, genderfluid, 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 independent of 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.
Gender dysphoria (GD) is the distress a person feels due to their birth-assigned sex and gender not matching their gender identity. People who experience gender dysphoria are typically transgender. Evidence from studies of twins suggests that gender dysphoria not only has psychological causes, but may have biological causes as well.
The diagnostic label gender identity disorder (GID) was used by the DSM until its reclassification as gender dysphoria in 2013, with the release of the DSM-5. The diagnosis was reclassified to better align it with medical understanding of the condition and to remove the stigma associated with the term disorder. The American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the DSM-5, stated that gender nonconformity is not the same thing as gender dysphoria, and that "gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition." Some transgender people and researchers support declassification of the condition because they say the diagnosis pathologizes gender variance and reinforces the binary model of gender.
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I always enjoyed doing transgender songs.
This month's birthdays
- 4 – Mina Caputo (1973), American singer
- 12 – Brandon Teena (1972–1993), American trans man murder victim
- 17 – Chelsea Manning (1987), American activist and whistleblower
- 19 – King Princess (1998), American genderqueer singer-songwriter
- 20 – Bell Nuntita (1983), Thai actress, singer
- 22 – Sandra Forgues (1969), French canoeist, olympic medalist, transgender woman
- 25 – Mianne Bagger (1966), Danish golfer
- 28 – Lili Elbe (1882–1931), Danish transgender artist
- 28 – Lilly Wachowski (1967), American director, writer, producer
- 29 – Billy Tipton (1914–1989), American musician and bandleader
- 31 – Diana Sacayán (1975–2015), Argentinian transgender rights activist
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."
CeCe McDonald speaks at the 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance in San Francisco.
Ian Harvie, an American comedian and openly transgender man.
Trans March "Existrans" 2017
A symbol used to represent transfeminism.
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.
Jogappa is a transgender community in South India. They are traditional folk singers and dancers.
Camille Cabral, a French transgender activist at a demonstration for transgender people in Paris, October 1, 2005
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