Describes a person's enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to another person.Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same.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.
Most people have a gender identity of man or woman (or boy or girl).
Cross-dressers do not wish to permanently change their sex or live full-time as women.
Altering one's birth sex is not a one-step procedure; it is a complex process that occurs over a long period of time.
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. Many transgender people are prescribed hormones by their doctors to bring their bodies into alignment with their gender identity. But not all transgender people can or will take those steps, and a transgender identity is not dependent upon physical appearance or medical procedures.
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.