There is a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresentation when it comes to transgender people. Many of you can say you know a gay or lesbian person, but not many can say that they know or even know of a transgender person aside from those in the media, such as Chaz Bono. What I’d like to do here is clear up any questions you might have, so please, feel free to send me an email or response to this post if I haven’t covered something you wish to see here.
What is Transgender and Gender Identity?
Transgender is term used to describe those who’s gender identity differs from the gender they were assigned at birth.
Gender Identity describes the gender a person feels they are; this is not necessarily the gender they were born.
What is a transgender person’s sexual orientation?
Transgender sexuality does not differ from any other sexuality that we all are commonly aware of. If a trans-man is attracted to females – he is straight or hetero-sexual. If a trans-man is attracted to another man, then he is gay. The same goes for trans-women. If a trans-woman is attracted to another female – then she is a lesbian and so on. Gender identity has really very little to do with – if anything at all with a person’s sexuality.
What is considered offensive terminology or names for transgender people?
First of all, we all have to realize that sometimes it is not what we say but how we say it. With that in mind, let’s list a few words that can be considered derogatory towards the transgender community.
- Tranny or Trannie
These are a few of many words that have been used to negatively describe a transgender person. Same as the gay, lesbian or bi-sexual community, transgender people have to face a lot of scrutiny simply because of how they feel.
If I am transgender and am being bullied, who can I ask for help?
Transgender people in crisis should contact The Trevor Project ‘s 24/7 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386), Trevor Chat, the Trevor Projects’ online messaging service, or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). ***
Other useful terminology can found at: GLAAD’s Transgender Resources Site
*** The information for the Trevor Project was taken directly from GLAAD’s website.