Transgender is defined as who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth. Transgender is the state of one’s “gender identity (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching ones “assigned sex”.”Transgender” does not imply any specific form of sexual orientation; transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, poly sexual, or asexual; some may consider conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable to them. The precise definition for transgender remains in flux, but includes:
* “Of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender roles, but combines or moves between these.”
* “People who were assigned a sex, usually at birth and based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves.”
* “Non-identification with or non-presentation as the sex and assumed gender one was assigned at birth.”
Current Definition of Transgender
The current definitions of transgender include all transsexual people, although this has been criticized. Intersex people have genitalia or other physical sexual characteristics that do not conform to strict definitions of male and/or female but intersex people are not necessarily transgender since they do not all disagree with their assigned sex at birth. Transgender and intersex issues often overlap, however, because they both challenge the notion of rigid definitions of sex and gender.
Types of Transgender
The term trans man refers to female-to-male (FtM or F2M) transgender people and trans woman refers to male-to-female (MtF or M2F) transgender people. In the past it was assumed that there were more trans women than trans men but a Swedish study estimated a ratio of 1.4:1 in favor of trans women for those requesting sex reassignment surgery and a ratio of 1:1 for those who proceeded.