Understanding Transgender

Understanding Transgender

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Trans is an umbrella term used to describe people with a gender identity and /or gender expression different to their sex assigned at birth. It may be used to encompass many identities that are outside of a cisgender identity.

Cisgender is a term to describe a person whose gender identity and/or expression is the same as their birth sex, such as someone who is identified as male at birth and grows up to identify as a man. The term Trans is inclusive of the Trans umbrella, but not limited to, identities such as:

  • Transgender
  • Transsexual
  • Crossdresser
  • Genderqueer
  • Male-to-female (MtF)
  • Female-to-male (FtM)
  • Androgynous

Gender identity is the person’s feeling of being male, female, both, a mixture, or neither, which is shown to other people through gender expression (clothes, hairstyles, mannerisms, etc.). It is separate and independent from sexual orientation. Trans people can be lesbian, gay, bi, straight, pansexual, etc.