Transgender people are those whose behavior
or identity or the way they communicate with others do not match with their
gender or with the sex when they were born. For example, someone may be a male
by birth but when he does not believe in his sex and behaves like a female and
he strongly believes in it, then he is a transgender person. They actually
think they are in a wrong body as they want to match their body with their
inner sense of the gender they believe in.
Transwomen and Transmen:
Transwomen are transgender persons, who
are male by birth, but like to identify and show themselves as women. This is
actually a male to female (MTF) transition. Similarly, Transmen are female by
birth, but would like to identify and sternly believe that they belong to the
other gender. This is actually female to male (FTM) transition.
is the process where transgender people start living with the gender they
completely believe in and not with the sex they were born. It is not necessary
that all transgender people opt for surgery or hormone therapy. Some people may
just go for hormone therapy and not surgery, because of the cost involved or
other reasons. Sex- reassignment is entirely their choice. They may opt for
surgery when they want to match the body with the gender they believe in and look
real. As per the present medical scenario, sex re-assignment surgery is an
Gender identity and
sexual orientation are not same:
identity is how a person identifies a gender he/she believes in and not with
the sex they were born. Sexual orientation is how a person is attracted to
other person, which may be physical, emotional, or romantic. They need not be confused with lesbian, gay or
bi-sexual. There is a community called
LGBT –Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender. According to their
sexual-orientation, they can be attracted to anyone.
Discriminations faced by transgender people:
People generally think they have mental disorders, but this
is not true, as they are absolutely confident with their inner feelings of
their gender. They are just worried about the acceptance level of the society
they live in. That is another reason for attempting suicide as they are scared
to come out as a transgender person.
assault, getting fired from the job or even murders are the problems faced by
them. Even the health care insurance providers do not compensate them for the
transition surgeries. They become homeless when their own family rejects them
or denied of shelter by others.
Things we can do for
- Firstly let us treat them as another
- Let us support them emotionally by
respecting their decision.
them with their chosen name and gender pronoun.
- They should not be discriminated in
workplaces, educational institutions, and public places.
- We can support the organizations in
the ways possible who strive for betterment of LGBT community.