Verified by Psychology Today. The term transgender refers to people whose sense of their own gender differs from what would be expected based on the sex characteristics with which they are born. A transgender person may identify as a trans woman, meaning one who has transitioned to live as a woman despite having been born with male genitalia; a trans man, or one who has transitioned to live as a man; or nonbinary, which connotes a sense that one is not strictly a man or a woman.
It begins with a brief introductory essay, followed by the glossary itself which you can skip ahead to by clicking that link. The following trans- gender- sexuality- and activism-related terms regularly appear in my writings. In addition to the definition, I will often add clarifying information and links to further discussion sometimes citing passages from my books Whipping GirlExcludedand Outspoken.
Transsexual issues and sexual reassignment surgery SRS are receiving a great deal of attention and support in the media, schools, and government. Given the early age at which youth seek treatment for transsexual attractions TSA and gender dysphoria and given the serious risks associated with such treatment, it is essential that family and youth be advised about these risks and alternative treatment options. Physicians and mental-health professionals have a professional responsibility to know and communicate the serious risks, in particular risk of suicide, that are associated with SRS; the spontaneous resolution of TSA in youth; the psychological conflicts that have been identified in such patients and in their parents; the successful treatment of conflicts associated TSA and the regrets of those who have been through SRS.
In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes. That is, there has been an attack on the previously undisputed reality that human beings are created either male or female; that there are significant differences between the sexes; and that those differences result in at least some differences in the roles played by men and women in society. The first wave of this attack came from the modern feminist movement and the second from the homosexual movement. The third wave of this assault on the sexes has been an attack on a basic reality--that all people have a biological sex, identifiable at birth and immutable through life, which makes them either male or female.
Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation :  transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexualasexualor may decline to label their sexual orientation. The term transgender is also distinguished from intersexa term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies".
Natural transition. I remember when someone first told me about Black Cohosh. That someone may have been the internet.
This paper interprets and theorizes the discourses of authenticity being deployed by transgender kids and seeks to reconfigure their dominant terms for identities and ends that have largely been foreclosed. I argue that discourses of authenticity might be reconfigured in order to apprehend experiences that are not conventionally regarded as authentic—such as uncertainty, futurity, and plurality. By encouraging the formation of a counter discourse at the adult level, we might alter the discursive conditions in which children navigate gender and disclose new possibilities for subjects struggling with who they are.
People who have intersex conditions have anatomy that is not considered typically male or female. Most people with intersex conditions come to medical attention because doctors or parents notice something unusual about their bodies. In contrast, people who are transgendered have an internal experience of gender identity that is different from most people.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Lawrence Published DOI: Autogynephilia explains the desire for sex reassignment of some male-to-female MTF transsexuals.
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. Transsexual is a subset of transgender   but some transsexual people reject the label of transgender. Norman Haire reported that in Dora R of Germany began a surgical transition, under the care of Magnus Hirschfeldwhich ended in with a successful genital reassignment surgery.