What Does Transgender Mean?

This Terminology Tuesday I will explain what it means when someone uses the term “transgender.”

If you are transgender, your gender identity does not align with the sex you were assigned at birth. For example, if your parents or doctor identified you as a girl when you were born, and you identify as a boy now, you are transgender.

This is not limited to only from boy to girl or girl to boy. You could have been identified as a boy at birth and identify as bigender now. “Transgender” can be used as an umbrella term.

If you like science, think of trans molecules vs. cis molecules. When a molecule is a trans molecule, the atoms are not on the same side; when a person is transgender, their identity and their sex are not on the same side. Similarly, when a molecule is a cis molecule, the atoms are on the same side; when a person is cisgender, both their sex and their identity are on the same side.

If you are still confused about what it means to be transgender, feel free to leave a comment or contact me for more information.

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