Meaning of transgender

When a person is born of one gender but identifies as the other gender. For example: a person born as a male, but identifies themselves as a female.

The story of Bruce Jenner (now Caitlin Jenner) is now one of the most popular transgender stories that have received news coverage. With the public going crazy over this news, a lot of people are left wondering what exactly a transgender is.

Transgender is when a person’s gender does not match their assigned sex. According to them, they do not fit in the rules provided by society – where boys are boys and girls are girls.

The term transgender refers to a person whose gender differs from the one they were born with. Transgender people may identify as a male or female, or can even reject both labels.

According to society’s definition gender and sex often correlate, where a person who is born with female genitalia is often of the same female gender. However, there are many people who do not function into the strict rules of the society and they may not always feel like they belong to the gender, whose genitalia they were born with. In this scenario, the person can be referred to as a transgender.

In order to feel more comfortable in their skin, they may choose to correct their gender by changing their names, pronoun they refer, their dressing style, etc. Some may even go for corrective surgery to get the sexual parts of the gender they associate with.

Transgender differs from transsexual as transgender is an umbrella term that includes any and all people that do not associate with the gender they were born with, this includes people who believe they are male, female,  gender nonconforming, multigendered, androgynous, third gender, and two-spirit people. It can also include cross dressers. However, a transsexual person usually associates with the opposite gender to which they were born and gets corrective surgery in order to match the sex to the gender they identify with.

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