Transgender persons and transsexuals
Introduction to transgender persons & transsexuals
The term "LGBT" is an acronym for "Lesbians,
transgender persons/transsexuals. Sometimes, additional letters
added, like "Q" for Queer or questioning, & "I" for Intersexual.
There is a lack of consensus on the precise meaning of the terms transgender and transsexual.
We believe that the following are common definitions:
- A transgender person is one for whom their perceived gender does not match their birth-assigned gender. Most commonly, they have been assigned a gender at birth based on their primary and secondary sexual characteristics. However at some point in their life -- often during childhood -- they will identify their gender as being different from their assigned gender. Most feel that they are of the opposite gender; some feel that the term gender doesn't apply to them; a few alternate between genders; a few identify as both male and female.
- A transsexual person is a transgender individual who lives in society as a gender different from their birth-assigned gender. Many have taken hormone medication and undergone sex reassignment surgery so that their body more closely resembles a their perceived gender.
They form a very small minority in the population. However, it is likely that they will be increasingly targeted by transphobes -- individuals who want to discriminate against transgender persons. This is expected to grow rapidly as discrimination against LGBs (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals) rapidly fades and same-sex marriage becomes more widely accepted.
Topics covered in this section:
||Tom Murray produced and directed a video concerning transsexuality. It
is titled: "Almost Myself: Reflections on mending and transcending
gender." See: http://www.almostmyself.com/
Copyright © 2007 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on
Original posting: 2007-JUN-08
Latest update and review: 2014-JAN-18
Author: B.A. Robinson