Don't "feel" like you fit into societies idea
of male or female?
Here are some basic definitions to help you in your self
Sex - refers to your physical anatomy
that determines if your body is considered female or male.
Heterosexual - refers to sexual behavior
and attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender.
Homosexual - refers to sexual attraction
to people of the same sex or gender.
Gender - is a psychosocial construct for
Intersexed - people with chromosomal or
physiological anomalies that lead to ambiguous genitalia.
- The desire for intimate emotional and sexual relationships with
people of the same gender (homosexual), or another gender
(heterosexual), or more than one gender (bi-sexual).
Gender Identity - is a person's sense of
their own gender.
Gender Expression - is the gender you
demonstrate to others.
Gender Variant - variation from society
gender norms associated with one's physical sex.
Gender Dysphoria - is an overwhelming
desire to assume the physiological characteristics and social roles of
the opposite sex.
Gender Identity Disorder - A diagnosis
by psychologists of a condition where a person assigned one gender
identifies as belonging to another, or does not conform to the gender
role society prescribes to them.
Transgender - is an umbrella term used
to describe gender variant people who have gender identity expressions
or behaviors not traditionally associated with their birth
sex. Not all transgendered persons alter their physical
Transvestite - Fetish in which a
heterosexual male dresses in the clothing of the opposite sex, as the
primary means of sexual arousal.
Crossdresser -one who wears opposite
Transsexual - A person who feels
"trapped" in the wrong body and wishes to become a member of, or be
identified as, the opposite sex. They undergo hormone therapy
and often surgical procedures to "correct" what they consider is a
birth defect. The diagnosis given transsexual people is
Gender Identity Disorder.
Two Spirit - A native American term for
people who blend the masculine and feminine. Transsexual and
gender queer people fall under this concept.
Gender Queer - A gender variant person
whose gender identity is not exclusively male nor female, but
identifies as both, neither or is some combination of the
genders. This condition is known by many different names:
gender fukt, gender binary, gender queer, "other", gender ambiguous,
MTF - or male to female - is a term used
to denote a male bodied person transitioning to a female presentation
and gender roll. Also known as a transwoman.
Hormones and surgery may or may not be involved.
FTM - or female to male - is a designation used to denote a
female bodied person transitioning to a male presentation and gender
roll. Also known as a transman. Hormones and
surgery may or may not be involved.
Boi - misspelling of "boy" and used by
young gay males, some female bodied transsexuals, lesbians, dykes or
queers, gender queer or
Tranny Chaser - Tranny chasers are
people who are sexually attracted to pre-op or non-op
transsexuals. "Tranny chaser" is used as a
derogatory term because it is considered to be a fetish-like attraction
to the penis of a pre-operative or non-operative transwoman (MTF) or to
the vagina of a pre- or non-operative transman (FTM). Also
known as transfans or trannie chaser, trans catcher, and tranny hawk.
Stone Butch or No-ho/No-op - are female
bodies persons that live full-time in the male gender role without the
use of hormones or surgery.
Butch and femme are terms often used in
the lesbian and gay subcultures to describe a person's approximate
adherence to traditional masculine and feminine gender roles
respectively, within a same-sex relationship.
Drag Queens or Drag Kings - Typically a
gay man or lesbian (respectively) who wears opposite gender clothing,
makeup, and displays mannerisms for their own or others appreciation or
Do you dislike being the gender you are?
Do you dislike your body shape?
Do you dislike your genitals?
Does being a man, or woman depress you?
Have you ever wanted to kill yourself because of your gender?
In an ideal world, would you be the opposite gender?
Do you have a history of wanting to be the opposite gender?
Would you like to take hormones for the opposite gender?
Are you interested in sex reassignment surgery?
If you answered yes to some or most of these questions, you are likely
a transsexual/transgendered person. For an accurate
evaluation, you need to see a therapist who specializes in treating