Trans* is an umbrella term for those whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were given at birth, for example, transgender or transsexual people. Some trans* people may feel that they are a man born into a female body or a woman born into a male body, but not necessarily.
Trans* people may also identify as gender-neutral, genderqueer or gender fluid, non-binary, and may indentify as a combination of male and female or as neither.
Many trans* people know they are trans* from a very young age, while others say that they only identified as trans* during their teens. The term trans* is the preferred term for many transgender people.
If you are friends with or know a trans person then it’s important to address them with the gender they refer to themselves as and refer to them with their chosen name and gender pronoun.
- A transsexual person is someone whose gender identity is the opposite of the sex assigned to them at birth. Transsexual people may or may not take hormones or have surgery.
- Cross-dressers are people who like to wear the clothes of another gender, but who don’t identify as another gender.
- Drag Kings/Drag Queens are people who exaggerate female and male roles, generally for the purpose of entertainment.
- Androgynes are people who mix the characteristics/appearance of both sexes in a subtle or deliberately flamboyant way.
- Intersex People are people who can be born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit with typical definition of male or female.