For some people, their gender identity does not fit neatly into one of those two choices (see non-binary and/or genderqueer below.) Unlike gender expression (see below) gender identity is not visible to others.
People under the transgender umbrella may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms - including . An older term that originated in the medical and psychological communities.The necessity of a psychiatric diagnosis remains controversial, as both psychiatric and medical authorities recommend individualized medical treatment through hormones and/or surgeries to treat gender dysphoria.Some transgender advocates believe the inclusion of Gender Dysphoria in the DSM is necessary in order to advocate for health insurance that covers the medically necessary treatment recommended for transgender people.Describes a person's enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to another person.Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same.Transgender women are not cross-dressers or drag queens.
Drag queens are men, typically gay men, who dress like women for the purpose of entertainment.
For transgender people, their own internal gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth.
Most people have a gender identity of man or woman (or boy or girl).
Be aware of the differences between transgender women, cross-dressers, and drag queens. Do not use the word "transvestite" at all, unless someone specifically self-identifies that way.
You may hear the following terms when doing research on transgender issues or speaking to an interview subject.
Many people have gender expressions that are not entirely conventional – that fact alone does not make them transgender.