Succinctly stated: transgenderism is the manifestation of a person’s need to identify with the opposite gender from which they were physically born. In other words?
Transgender people are compelled from an early age to live and represent the gender opposite from the one they were born.
Additional Chapters in This Section Include:
Do You Already Know a Crossdresser?
What's Up with all these different labels?
Important Terminology in the Transgender Community
Additional Slangs and Terminology
Problems Associated with Transgender Labels
Telling Your Friends You're Transgender
Crossdressing in Public
Making Transgender Friends
Your Evolution as a Transgender Lady
Finding Happiness in a Dress
What Causes Transgenderism?
There's enough research to accurately determine that our need to express an alternative gender from the one we’re born is caused by varied degrees of masculinzation to the brain during our evolution in the womb.
Every mammal is first conceived female: it's the default gender. Every once and awhile the most complex organ on the body - the human brain - doesn’t successfully compete the light speed trek to its final gender. Thus, you end up with a male body being born with a female brain.
What we deal with is an inborn medical condition. It’s very real. It’s also challenging.
More than One Possible Outcome
There's an endless number of transgender permutations - from men occasionally donning panties to a comprehensive surgical gender reassignment. Labels are associated with common forms, including: crossdressers, transvestites, DRAG queens, transsexual women and trans-men.
Transgenderism is often classified as a subset of the gay community – hence “GLBT”. However, it’s here that the similarity ends. Transgenderism is about gender identity whereas our brethren are rooted in sexual orientation.
What’s the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?
Sexual orientation is about who you want to go to bed with.
Gender identity is about who you want to go to bed as.
“Transgenderism” is an all-encompassing term to describe all forms of alternative gender expression. You could liken it to the term “automobile” - based upon other conditions you describe the make, model, cold, fuel economy, etc. It’s used to broadly describe all forms of transgender expression or thoughts. Within this broad-base is a very wide variety of manifestations - transsexuals, cross dressers, transvestites and fetish genderists. This wide variety is one reason society at large still struggles with understanding trans-issues: there’s so many versions.
Most commonly, transgender women are considered distinctive & different based upon: