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 switvh between genders.
- 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 they can appear as a member of their perceived gender.
They form a very small minority in the population. However, it is likely that they will be increasingly targeted by transphobes, particularly 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 2013 by Ontario Consultants on
Original posting: 2007-JUN-08
Latest update and review: 2013-MAR-17
Author: B.A. Robinson