Transsexual vs. Transgender Explained

Transsexual vs. transgender — what does it all really mean?

Admittedly, it’s not that easy keeping track of what it means to be transgender when you aren’t trans yourself.

While “treat people with basic decency” tend to cover the basics, it helps to understand where they’re coming from.

Generally speaking, transgender is a term that refers to people who do not identify with their birth sex — the sex assigned to them at birth.

What Do Transgender and Transsexual Mean?

Transsexual is a term used by trans individuals who have transitioned from their assigned sex to their desired one, typically through physical change.

As times change, so do the implications of language and ideological stances.

Are “Transgender” and “Transsexual” the Same Thing?

The transsexual vs. transgender debate isn’t cut and dry. Neither terms are inherently offensive and they won’t necessarily be interpreted as such by all trans individuals.

Is “Transsexual” Offensive?

There are really only two things you need to remember when approaching trans people and that’s to keep an open mind and an open heart.

Other Things to Keep In Mind When Befriending Trans People

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