Frequently Asked Questions on Trans Identity
Does being trans have any effect on sexuality?
Gender identity and sexual identity are different constructions. Trans folks identify with a different gender than their assigned gender at birth, but this does not necessarily mean trans people identify as gay or lesbian.
What does it mean to transition?
Transitioning is any process—hormones, surgery, etc.—to help bring the physical body to match one’s gender identity. This also encompasses legal procedures such as changing one’s name or gender marker legally.
Is trans a mental disorder?
Despite being listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual- 4th Edition (DSM-IV) as Gender Identity Disorder, trans identities are not a mental illness and cannot be cured or changed through treatment.
Why do people crossdress?
Crossdressing is a form of expression that is often fulfilling for the wearer of clothing not associated with their assigned gender at birth. Generally crossdressers and drag performers identify with their gender assigned at birth, but find wearing the clothing psychologically or emotionally gratifying.
Why would someone identify as gender non-conforming?
Some individuals do not feel comfortable with the male/female binary perpetuated by societal norms; not identifying with either construction. Gender non-conforming folks may have many different identities—gender fluid, gender non-conforming, gender variant—typically preferring gender neutral pronouns such as “they/their/theirs,” “ze/hir/hirs.”
Do all trans folk still identify as male or female?
Not all trans folk identify as male or female. Transgender individuals may identify as a third gender, multiple genders, or no gender at all. However, there are trans people who identify as female and male, sometimes referred to as MTF or FTM; male-to-female, female-to-male, respectively.