Sex is defined by a Gender is described person’s biological by our behavioral features such as a characteristics and penis, vagina, testicles, how they are or uterus. perceived in a certain culture at a certain time. Gender can also be how we interpret ourselves as man, woman, transge nder, or transsexual.
Gender Identity is what we call ourselves. There are many other words for gender other than “male” and “female.” ***Other Identities can also be described as Transgender, Transsexual, Female to Male Transsexual (FTM), Male to Female Transsexual, and Genderqueer.
A broad term refering to people whose gender identity or appearance do not fit the traditional norm. Transgenders challenge the characteristics that are labeled for men or for women Transgenders are often ridiculed for acting and dressing like the opposite sex. Example: A man may take estrogen, wear make-up, get breast implants, and dress like a women.
A transsexual refers to any person who lives as the opposite sex. This can consist of changing names, clothing, taking hormones, or undergoing a sex reassignment surgery. Some transsexual people feel as if they were born into the wrong “gendered” body Some also call this a “gender identity disorder,” most transsexual people find this offensive because it suggests something is wrong with them.
Having a strong belief that you were meant to be a male or meant to be a female does not conclude something is wrong with you. This should not be considered a disorder. Desiring to be the opposite gender is not wrong, it is an aspiration. You have the right to your own body!
“… we were born in a body that doesn’t match who we are inside.”EVEN if it is different from the sexual organs that they possess.
Female to Male Transsexual vs. Male to Female TranssexualFTM: A person who was MTF: A person who wasbiologically born a biologically born a malefemale, and identifies and identifiesthemselves as a man. themselves as a female.Also known as a Sometimes referred to astransmen. transwomen.
What We Call OurselvesGender Identity is not the same as Sexual Orientation! - A lot of people confuse the two.Sexual Orientation is whom we find attractive. •Straight/Heterosexual •Gay/Homosexual •Lesbian •Bisexual •Queer •Asexual •Pansexual
•Coming out to yourself is when a person accepts themselves and affirms their sexual orientation.To Ourselves: • Usually a person comes out toTo Our Families, Friends: themselves, before introducing their sexual orientation to others.The outside world: •Coming out can happen at any age, and a person can come out more that once. •Coming out to the outside - a person may come out as world, including friends and a lesbian, and then later in family can be very challenging life come out as transexual. and life changing. •Some friends and families are accepting, and some are not so tolerant. •Coming out may mean we lose friends or even family members, but also can be a healing experience at the same time!
Some jobs are not accepting to an “unusual” sexual orientation. -This may cause someone to not come out to co-workers. In most places in the US it is LEGAL to fire employees because of their sexual orientation.
“Gay Bashing” This is the fear or hatred of bisexual, gay or lesbian individuals. This makes people afraid of harassment, discrimination, violenc e or rejection from our peers, family or anyone we interact with during out everyday life. The stereotypes of people in our society regarding sexual orientation inflict self-hatred of those who do have a different sexual orientation.
This is the assumption This is the fear and that being heterosexual hatred o transgender is the only acceptable and transsexual people. orientation. These gender-based Heterosexists prevent discriminations are others from doing things throughout all societies that we do in every day in the US life. Such as, getting Some transgender married, filing women are not allowed taxes, getting certain in “women only” areas jobs, and partner health because they are not insurance. “real women.” These prejudices endanger gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
Does anyone knowsomeone, who has beendiscriminated againstwhether it was for their sexualorientation or not?