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Transgender persons and transsexuals


Additional information about
transgender persons & transsexuals

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The term "LGBT" is an acronym for "Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals,
transgender persons/transsexuals. Sometimes, additional letters
are added, like "Q" for Queer or questioning, & "I" for Intersexual.

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Basic definitions:

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 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.

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Topics covered in this section:

  • Part 1: Conflicting quotations. Different views on what exactly is gender?

  • Part 2: Comparing cisgender persons with others who don't fit neatly into the male/female binary system. IRS conflicts.

  • Part 3: Various definitions of "transgender." The definition used on this site. Symptoms & detection

  • Part 4: Gender Dysphoria in children. Options available to transgender persons. Terminology. Is being transgender a "disorder?"

  • Part 5: Definition of Gender Dysphoria. Gender Incongruence. Catch 22. A symbol.

A movie:

bullet Tom Murray produced and directed a video concerning transsexuality. It is titled: "Almost Myself: Reflections on mending and transcending gender." See:

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Copyright © 2007 to 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2007-JUN-08
Latest update and review: 2017-JAN-12
Author: B.A. Robinson

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