Trangender LogoA Transgender Person is someone who chooses not to conform to common ideas of gender  but combines genders or swaps them.  It is a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors and groups involving tendencies to vary from culturally conventional gender roles.

Transgender basically means individuals who do not mentally identify with their birth body gender.

 

The word “trans” means to cross or change. In this case, we cross socially accepted gender codes through our appearance like dressing or through behaviours like gender roles or natural biology which is neither totally male nor female or conflict between our internalized gender and biological sex. We are all assigned a gender at birth: male or female.

A transgender person will feel their gender either fails to describe them adequately or is entirely the wrong type of gender.  A common occurrence is when a person with male genitalia feels they are female inside.

 

However the definition of transgender is not being agreed upon universally. Some define it very broadly to include anyone with a history or a hint of gender variance. Example women who like sports or men who like to cook. Transgenders are perhaps the only group of people who are not only misunderstood by the world  but also by their own selves as well.

If you were to ask, “what is transgender?” to a transgendered person, then likely 9 out 10 would not be able to answer the question. This is because an identity crisis is plaguing most of them and they are unable to seek the answers to their questions.

Some children express themselves in ways that are traditionally masculine or feminine,  while others may be gender non-conforming (think of children who get labeled as tomboys or “sissies”) or androgynous.  Most children have a gender identity that corresponds with their assigned sex.

For transgender and significantly gender non-conforming children though,  conflict may arise when their sense of who they are doesn’t correspond with their own body or with the gender messages they receive from parents, caregivers, teachers and culture.