What Does it Mean to be Transgendered?

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What Does it Mean to be Transgendered?

Everyone has heard the term transgender but few actually understand exactly what it means.

At the most basic level, transgender is a term that applies to those who do not fit in with the way a woman or a man is supposed to act or look.

The reason for this is that it can be quite hard to define and it means different things to different people. Here we will break down the term transgender so you can have a better understanding of it from a variety of angles.

A common example is a person who was male at birth but as time passes, they realize that they feel more like a woman than a man. Their outside does not reflect what they feel on the inside.  This person might live as a man but feel as if they are stuck between two genders, or not relate well to either gender. Many times crossdressers are labeled as being transgendered, although in some cases the crossdresing individual will evolve to the transgender level and assume living full time as a person of the opposite

Many people use the term transgender as an umbrella word to group specific types of people together. Those under this umbrella do not fit in with the standards of society of how a man or a woman is supposed to look or act. To put it simply, they are not conforming to their outside gender in the expected ways.

transgender-girlTransgender people have always existed even though the term has only become a more developed one over the past 20 years of so. Some transgender people have medical procedures to make themselves feel more like they belong. For instance, transgender men may have injections to make their breasts grow or even go as far as have a full sex change where their penis is formed into a vagina. This is not the road all transgender people take though. Some choose not to make any alterations but this does not make them any less of a transgendered person. What people do with their feelings about their gender is a very personal and individual choice.

Another thing that many people are confused by when it comes to transgenders is how their lifestyle fits into a specific sexual orientation. Again, this is transgender woman imagea personal thing and depends on the individual. Some transgenders identify as straight while some identify as being homosexual or bisexual. You have to remember this; being transgender is an issue with ones gender identity. Being homosexual is about sexual orientation. These are two very separate issues. Many people who choose to have gender reassignment surgery find that they would rather be with their counterpart. For instance, a woman who has a sex change may find that “he” is more comfortable being with a man now that “he” is in “his” new body. For transgenders who chose to live in their given body, they are more likely to stay in relationships with the opposite sex.

The thing to remember is that the transgender community as a whole is not something that you can fit into a neatly wrapped package. All people are different and experience things in different ways. It is no different for those who are transgender. If one feels as if they are transgendered it is up to them to really figure out what it means and what they wish to do with their feelings.

Today transgendered individuals have more freedom and understanding from society to be who they are, however there are still many barriers to be broken especially in smaller communities where understanding and tolerance are not the norm.

Here is a great  video by Princes Joules discussing questions about being transgender:

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Marcy

About the Author:

Hi, I’m Marcy Simpson, the founder and creator of Crossdresser Society. I have been a crossdresser for over 25 years and I am also an author, photographer, entrepreneur, and admirer of the feminine realm. I currently work and live in Los Angeles, California.

Comments

  1. Neal  January 10, 2013

    Great post, really enjoyed it!
    — Neal

    http://www.bigconceptdesigns.com

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  2. Melani  December 19, 2013

    Great article very insightful. It’s true the transgender community is full of variety. My experience has allowed me to meet so many great people. I’m not glad and happy I’ve fully accepted my femininity.
    Marcy thanks for what you do
    Melanie

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      admin  December 20, 2013

      Thank you Melanie for your great comment.

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  3. Adarabeth  November 7, 2014

    Thank you Marcy for your insightful and delightful site! Having lived ambigendered since I became cognizant around the age of five I went through the varied levels and stages to figure out who I was … until eventually learning to just … be. I am balanced now in the acceptance of self after the HRT helped transform me closer to that which dominates my strongest identity … yet peacefully co-exist within recognizing the importance of the full and whole of who I am. Gender identity can certainly be a complicated matter if one lets it but I couldn’t agree more with you about how generally society is opening up the door slightly to just allowing us all to express ourselves as we feel is right in who we are. And with those like you in our community stretching her wings and encouraging the rest of us to do the same … well, it is a blessing to see a sister do just that! 🙂
    I think you have a wonderful site here and wish you much success with it!
    Love
    Adarabeth

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  4. TSHarlot  July 30, 2015

    Very nicely done Marcy, as i could write s book on my life n the two transitions taking over 13 yeats of my life n this time hoping it to be my final. And your so right, as 20 years ago, it fell under the harry benjamin nightmare, where we had to live as a girl for 1 full year and then present ourselves upon a medical board to get premarin. It was nightmare at best, as porn didn’t even want us, let alone most employers.

    Estradiol and spironolactone are the new drugs of today, ss do i see a regular checkups at gynecologist 2-3 times yearly and employment is easirr to handle, not like in the past.

    Like to curve my hypnosis addiction, as i often question my likes in attire, as i use to be casual n anymore its like id rather become a GFE than keep present day job driving semi trucks lol

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