Trangender is an umbrella term to describe people who do not follow traditional gender norms of their assigned gender at birth. These include cross-dressers, intersex people and transsexuals. Transgender people commonly use the terms male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) to describe their gender identity. MTFs are people who have been assigned a male gender at birth, but identify as female. FTMs are people who are assigned a female gender at birth, but identify as male.
The term Transgender relates to one’s gender identity. This is often mistaken or confused with a person’s sexual orientation. Gender and sexual identity are two separate interties. This means that a Transgender’s gender identity will not affect his/her sexual orientation.
For Transgender people understanding which stage they are in their identity development is important to their emotional well being.
Click here for our resource guide for the transgender community.
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