Common FAQS on October 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Q: I have never met any transgender individual before?
A: Most likely you have come across transgender individual with out realizing.

Q: How long does it take to become a transgender individual?
A: The individual has always been transgender. The person may not realize it until later in their life or even extremely early like it did for me.

Q: How long does it take someone to transition? What is the process exactly?
A: There is no definitive steps for those who transition.

Q: How do I refer to a transgender person?
A: Clarify their name and pronouns and use them.

Q: What if, when I am talking to a transgender person, I make a mistake and they get upset?
A: Apologize when you make mistakes.

Q: So if someone talks to me about being a transgender person, can I talk about how that person is transgender with others?
A: Do not out transgender people.

Q: Is there a difference between cross-dressing and being transgender?
A: Yes, cross-dressing refers to people who wear clothing and/or makeup and accessories that are not traditionally associated with their biological sex.

Many people who cross-dress are comfortable with their assigned sex and generally do not wish to change it. Cross-dressing is a form of gender expression that is not necessarily indicative of a person's gender identity or sexual orientation.

Q: Are Transgender People Gay?
A: Being transgender is about gender identity and expression, not sexuality

Q: What does the word "transgender" mean?
A: Transgender - or trans - is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression is different from those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth (e.g., the sex listed on their birth certificate).

Conversely, cisgender - or cis - is the term used to describe people whose gender identity or expression aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.


Q: What's the difference between sex and gender?
A: Sex refers to the designation of a person at birth as either "male" or "female" based on their anatomy (e.g. reproductive organs) and/or their biology (e.g. hormones).

Gender refers to the traditional or stereotypical roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society consider appropriate for men and women.

Q: What does it mean to transition?
A: Transitioning is the process some transgender people go through to begin living as the gender with which they identify, rather than the sex assigned to them at birth. This may or may not include hormone therapy, sex reassignment surgery and other medical procedures.

Q: What do the initials FTM and MTF stand for?
A: FTM stands for female-to-male and refers to someone who was designated female at birth but identifies and expresses himself as a man. Many FTM transgender people prefer the term "trans man" to describe themselves.

MTF stands for male-to-female and refers to someone who was designated male at birth but who identifies and expresses herself as a woman. Many MTF transgender people prefer the term "trans woman" to describe themselves.


Q: Is being transgender a mental disorder?
A: No, but this remains a common stereotype about transgender people.

Transgender identity is not a mental illness that can be cured with treatment. Rather, transgender people often experience a persistent and authentic disconnect between the sex assigned to them at birth and their internal sense of who they are. This disconnect is referred to by medical professionals as "gender dysphoria" because it can cause undue pain and distress in the lives of transgender people.


Q: What is the difference between transsexual and transgender?
A: Transgender is a state which the apparent gender (determined at birth) of a person do not match the subjective gender and may/may not go through the process to match their gender.

Transsexuals in a sense can be called as transgenders but the main difference is that transsexuals love to change their sex at some point of time to match their gender.