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10 Types of Transgender You Should Know – A Complete Guide to Understanding Trans People

10 Types of Transgender You Should Know   A Complete Guide to Understanding Trans People

Being transgender is not a one-size-fits-all experience. There are many different ways that someone can feel like they have been assigned the wrong gender at birth. Knowing the different types of transgender people will help you be more sensitive and understanding when talking to or interacting with a person who identifies as trans. You may know someone who is transgender or might be questioning your own identity and wondering if you’re also trans. Understanding what that means and how you might identify is an important first step in coming to terms with your own identity. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on 10 different types of transgender people, their experiences, and challenges they face.

 

 

What Does Being Transgender Mean?
Being transgender is feeling that your gender identity — your internal sense of yourself as a man, woman, or another identity — does not match your assigned sex at birth. This could mean you feel your gender identity is the opposite of what others see when they look at your sex organs, or it could mean you feel both genders apply to you. Gender identity often gets conflated with sexual orientation, but they are different. Being transgender isn’t the same as being gay or bisexual; it’s a different experience entirely. Transgender people may or may not decide to alter their bodies through hormone therapy or other medical procedures, like getting breast implants or removing or adding facial hair. They might change their name, pronouns, or other aspects of their public identity to reflect their gender identity.

 

Gender Diversity, Or The Feeling That Your Gender is Wrong
The first type of trans person we will discuss is the gender diversity person. These are the people who feel that their assigned gender identity is wrong — usually that they were meant to be another gender. One example of this is someone who was assigned female at birth but always feels like a man inside. Others might feel like something other than a man or a woman — perhaps like both at once or neither. Gender diversity people may or may not decide to change their bodies. Some people take hormones to change their bodies in a way that feels more consistent with their gender identity. Some get surgery to reshape their bodies. Others don’t.

 

Trans Women (Also Known as MTF)
Trans women are people who were assigned male at birth but identify and live their lives as women. What defines a trans woman is the fact that she doesn’t want to change her sex organs; she wants to be seen as a woman and treated as such. Most trans women are visibly different from typical cisgender women. They may have facial hair, deeper voices, and/or more muscular builds than the average cis woman. Because of this, they often face discrimination, harassment, and hate crimes. Trans women usually go through hormone therapy to change their bodies in subtle but important ways. They can’t change their DNA, but they can take hormones that change their voices, faces, bodies, and even personalities in ways that make them feel more like a woman.

 

Trans Men (Also Known as FTM)
Trans men are people who were assigned female at birth but identify as men. They may have been brought up as girls or young women, but they have always seen themselves as men. Trans men often face the same discrimination, harassment, and hate crimes as trans women. But since they were assigned female at birth, they don’t have the same physical changes to contend with. Trans men sometimes get hormone therapy or other medical procedures to change their bodies. They may take hormones to grow facial hair, change their voices, and/or get a deeper build. Some also get surgery on their genitals and/or breasts — though this is less common than it is with trans women.

 

Non-Binary People
Non-binary people don’t identify as men or women. They usually say that they feel like they are a mix of both genders — or that they exist outside of the gender binary altogether. A non-binary person who identifies as both genders may use they/them pronouns. Someone who doesn’t identify as any gender may use they/them or something else entirely. Non-binary people may or may not decide to change their bodies. Some take hormones to change their bodies in a way that feels more consistent with their gender identity. Some also get surgery to reshape their bodies in a way that feels more consistent with their gender identity. Because non-binary people don’t fall into men or women, they are often misgendered. This happens when a person is called by the wrong pronoun or otherwise misidentified as a man or woman. It can be a painful experience for non-binary people who are misgendered.

 

Gender Fluid People
Gender fluid people have a gender identity that shifts between man and woman or another pair of genders. They often go by they/them pronouns and make their own rules about which pronouns they want to use at any one time. The gender that a person feels on any particular day can be affected by many different things, like their mood, the person they are with, or even the time of day. Like non-binary people, gender fluid people may or may not decide to change their bodies. Some take hormones to change their bodies in a way that feels more consistent with their gender identity. Some also get surgery to reshape their bodies in a way that feels more consistent with their gender identity.

 

Drag Queens and Drag Kings
Drag queens and kings are people who perform in drag, or dressing in the opposite gender of what they were assigned at birth. They are often seen as a type of performance art or entertainment. All people who identify as trans can perform drag. But not all people who perform drag identify as trans. Drag queens and kings can be of any sexual orientation. They perform in drag as a form of art, entertainment, and/or expression. They do not necessarily want to change their bodies or be seen as a different gender.

 

Conclusion
Being transgender is a wide and varied experience. There are many different types of trans people who have very different experiences and challenges. By educating yourself on the different types of trans people, you can better understand and empathize with the transgender community.

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