Crossdressing

What Crossdressing Means

Crossdressing is the same meaning as the word “transvestite”. This is when a person, mostly males, dress in garments associated with the opposite sex. Some think that crossdressing is the same as drag queens, but that is not true. Drag queens do dress in the apparel that is associated with the opposite sex, and they are mainly men; however, drag queens are normally gay, and they give performances in the imitation of Broadway stars and famous women singers. Also, they would appear as a great caricature of biological women. Googling Rupaul’s quotations would give more education about this subject.

On the other hand, crossdressers are not necessary gay many times. Many times they are husbands and fathers, and they are ordinary men who feel compelled to dress in women’s clothing to reach a certain gratification. They get sexual kicks when they dress in women’s clothes, and then they may masturbate in the clothes. They would wear women’s clothing on occasion or even constantly. They normally love to wear women’s lingerie, and/or low cut women’s clothing that is tight.

Having said this, the difference in wearing clothes of the opposite sex and crossdressing is the presentation and intent of the person. In addition to the distinctions mentioned above that crossdressing has nothing to do with homosexuality and that they are not drag queens, there is also some difference when it comes to the presentation and intent. For example, a man wearing women’s jeans due to it fitting better is not crossdressing. He is only wearing that because it works, regardless if it’s female or not. It has nothing to do with him getting sexual kicks from wearing the women’s jeans in this case. This is the same for a woman wearing a man’s T-shirt or shorts, for instance, many times. Normally in these cases, she is wearing these men’s clothing because it works, she probably didn’t have the right type of clothing at the time because a lot of her clothes need washing, or etc. In this case, she is not having a sexual gratification from wearing men’s clothes. A crossdresser wouldn’t even think about the clothing of the opposite sex fitting or not. They just want that sexual/emotional high. The bottom line is it’s about why and not what- when it comes to whether the person is a crossdresser or not.

Another thing is that crossdressers are normally very macho in their masculinity. They don’t want to have an operation to change their sex. The bottom line is it’s about why and not what- when it comes to whether the person is a crossdresser or not.

In the US, it’s estimated that between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 men are crossdressers. It’s hard to have a more accurate estimation because many crossdressers are afraid to be found out so they are closeted. They know that society perceives it a weakness for a man to appear feminine.

Transvestite

What Transvestite Means

Many people, even in this day and age, are still confused of what a transvestite is. They are confused by thinking that a transvestite is the same as transgender or even transsexual. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. A transvestite is a person, most of time a male, who dresses and often behaves in ways typical of the opposite sex for the purposes of receiving sexual or emotional gratification.

Transvestite is derived in 1922 from the German word, “Tranvestit”. This word, in turn, is taken from the Latin word, “trans” meaning across and the word, “vestire”, meaning to clothe or to dress.

Transsexual

What Transsexual Means

Transsexual is a person who identifies strongly with the sex they were not born with, and thus, would most likely seek to live as the opposite sex by going through hormone therapy and surgery procedures. They would also go to that extent to get the physical appearance that is necessary for their peace of mind.

Post op Transgender

Post op Transgender

Post op is after the sex reassignment surgery. They now have the body parts and appearance of their truly felt gender, and no longer have their birth gender. This is also referred to as “post the operation”. After this huge procedure, the person is required to get routine checkups as with any operation to ensure everything is recovering just fine. And furthermore, the patients are required to undergo months of gender reassignment therapy and hormone therapy before the operation is complete.

Pre op Transgender

Pre op Transgender

Pre-op refers to the time period that’s before undergoing surgery to change sex organs from what they were born with to the what they feel they really are. Psychiatrists normally require a person to live a year as the gender they feel they truly are before obtaining the reassignment surgery. This is a period of time of them being caught between worlds with male parts but having a female appearance, or with female parts but having a male appearance.

Transgender Woman

Transgender Woman

Transgender woman, aka trans woman, is a transgender individual born as male, but identifies as a woman. Most of the steps written above for trans men apply for trans women also. With coming to terms of who you are inwardly, coming out, legally changing your name, and other things mentioned above do apply for transgender women also. However, they would pass as women by wearing women’s hairstyles, makeup, clothing, and taking on expressions typical of females. And of course, the procedures and hormones taken are different to appear and have the traits of a woman.

Both transgender women and transsexual may transition, but only transsexual women would transition medically. They would use estrogen hormone replacement therapy. This is the main component in medically transitioning because the development of the female sexual traits, like breast, body fat redistribution, a smaller waist to hip ratio, etc., are all included. Taking these hormones along with SRS could bring total relief of the potentially distress effects of gender dysphoria, and they could be total free of being what they truly feel inwardly.

Transgender Men

Transgender Men

In this day and age, a person doesn’t have to remain in a certain body type that doesn’t align with whom they fell they truly are inwardly. And with that said, the following steps include how to transition from a female to a male:

  • Accepting Oneself– the first step in this transitioning is accepting who you are. It may have been known your whole life or recently realized, but either way, it’s important to come to terms of your real identity. In accepting who you are, it’s important to take plenty of time in processing the whole situation, perform some research, have a good cry, etc. It’s also important to realize that you are not alone. With this whole situation, it’s vital to become involved in a good support group, and to figure out what all needs to be done to be at peace.
  • Come Out– there is no correct time to come out, so it’s not necessary the second step in this transitioning process. It’s just a very important and careful thing that needs to be done. But when you do come out, please be mindful that it would take time for family and friends to refer to you as he/him. They knew you all your/their lives as female. Therefore, it’s going to take time for them to get used to this transition, especially if you never talked about your identity before to or around them.
  • Passing as a Guy– doing this would make you feel more comfortable in your skin. Passing as a guy includes wearing boy clothes, wearing male hairstyles, acting more like a guy (not like a female), and other things. Doing this makes the transgender male feel better. They would feel more peaceful and better because they are showing and being more in touch with how they feel inwardly. And in many cases, they would help them until they are able to feel even better than that, once they get hormone treatments or even undergo the whole sex reassignment surgery.
  • Finding a Therapist– this is important for two reasons: First of all, feeling trapped in the wrong type of body can be mentally detrimental, and secondly, consulting a psychologist is needed to get confirmation in whether or not you are really transgender. This is important to do before going any further. In some cases, this may be just a phase which could be even more detrimental if you go any further on this road only to change your mind later on. Remember, you can’t revert back if you undergo some surgical procedures. Also, with being mentally detrimental, anxiety, depression, and even suicide attempts can result. Transitioning is a huge step, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Having a few sessions with a psychologist to confirmed diagnosis of gender dysphoria is mandatory.
  • Making a Plan– there are a plenty of steps to consider while going thorough this transitioning, and it would take several years to complete. There is the hormones, surgeries, coming out, acceptance, dealing with family and friends, educating them, the adjustment stages associated with co-workers, and other things. So, one can realistically see that it would take more than just a year or two for all of this to happen.
  • Optional- Starting Hormone Therapy– this is optional because some trans men can’t afford taking hormone therapy, and some of their bodies can’t accept the testosterone, aka “T”. The treatment is very powerful because it drastically changes the body over time, unlike the estrogen used for MTF’s that is much milder. But even if your body can’t handle hormone therapy, it doesn’t make you less transgender than others.
  • Changing Your Name– this can be done legally, and this process should start by the time the “T” process is started. To do this, you must check the laws in your state/country, and the monetary cost could be as much as $200 or more for the processing fees. And then you can update your social security, social insurance, driver’s license and other things concerning your official government identification. Once all of that is done, you’ll want to notify your place of employment or school.
  • Undergoing Surgery-If you do decide to go through with surgical procedures, here are the following choices:

Top Surgery– removes breast tissue to make a more masculine looking chest.

The three main surgeries of top surgery include:

Bilateral Incision or Bilateral Mastectomy– this is for cup sizes C or bigger which is the only option for those bigger sizes.

Subcutaneous Mastectomy or Keyhole– best for individuals hardly having any tissue, such as AA.

Subcutaneous Mastectomy or Peri-Areolar– there is not much scarring as it is with Keyhole.

Hysterectomy– the uterus removal- this procedure is combined most of the time with Bilateral Salpingo which is the cophorectomy, the removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Bottom Surgery– male genitalia construction which consists of two types- phalloplasty or metaoidioplasty. Surgeons are able to extend the urethra in order for the penis to be able to urinate. Also, the vagina can be sealed during the procedure, and the person can choose to have the insertion of the prosthetic testicles, and to have the construction of a scrotum.

Bottom surgery is considered cosmetic by some health insurance companies, and thus, the person is financially responsible for this procedure. The cost of bottom surgery ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the chosen procedure.

Changing your Gender Legally– most of this information is shown under the changing your name area above.

Transgender Surgery

Transgender Surgery

There are many names for transgender surgery, and they include genital reconstruction surgery, sex realignment surgery, gender reassignment surgery, or colloquially, a sex change. Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) is the surgical procedure or several surgical procedures in which a transgender person’s functionality and appearance of their existing sexual characteristics are transformed to resemble their identified gender. These type of genital surgeries may be operated on intersex people as well, in which case is done mostly at infancy. However, a 2013 report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture criticizes the nonconsensual usage of this surgery on intersex people. Also, people pursuing sex reassignment surgery are also called transsexual.

Scope and Procedures

Genital reconstruction surgery (GRS) or genital reassignment surgery is the best known surgery that reshapes the genitals. The sex reassignment surgery is clarified by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) which is the medical subspecialty organization. This is to include any large number of surgical operations performed as part of a gender dysphoria medical treatment. The surgical procedures according to WRATH include certain facial plastic reconstruction, genital reconstruction, chest augmentation or reconstruction, bilateral mastectormy, and total hysterectomy. However, some of these procedures are chosen on a case by case basis to ensure the appropriateness of some procedures for each patient.

Medical Considerations

It may be hard for people with hepatitis C or HIV to find a surgeon who are able to perform a successful surgery. A lot of surgeons operate in small clinics that not equipped to treat the possible complications of people with these conditions. In some cases, surgeons may charge higher fees for patients with hepatitis C or HIV. And some medical professionals think it’s unethical to reject hormonal or surgical treatments for these people due to these medical conditions.

Other health conditions, such as hypertension, obesity, and abnormal blood clotting, are normally not a problem for experienced surgeons. There are, however, an increase risk in the anesthetics and in the post operation complications. Surgeons would most likely require overweight patients to lose their weight before surgery. They may also require patients to restrain from taking hormone replacement and to restrain from smoking before the operation.

Physical Health & Quality of Life

There may be side effects of the sex reassignment surgery in the quality of life and their physical health due to the sex steroid treatment. Several studies have shown the following results: the quality of life was still lower than the control group even though their perception of their quality of life was that it was quite good or normal. Another study in comparison to the quality of life of the control group to the transsexual people confirmed similar results. Nevertheless, a long term study of data in comparison of patients who’ve undergone SRS 15 years prior have shown that these patients’ personal and physical limitations were significantly lower even though the results are similar when it comes to the comparison of their quality of life to the control group. Then there is another study that found that the enhancement of the quality of life of transsexual patients could happen through other variables. For example, trans men had a higher perception of health score than the trans women due to the trans men having a higher level of testosterone than them. However, trans women with the feminization surgery of the face have higher satisfaction in different ways of their quality life, such as with their general physical health.

Sexual Satisfaction

Trans women and trans men were able to maintain their genital sensitivities after undergoing SRS. This is due to the procedures and surgical tricks. As a matter of fact, the majority of these individuals have reported having more enjoyment and satisfaction of sex after SRS. This is because these individuals were satisfied of their new primary sex characteristics. Before undergoing SRS, these patients were frigid and not enthused about engaging in sexual acts.

TG Transformation

TG Transformation

TG stands for transgender, and TG transformation is implicitly “transformed gender”. It is when an individual transformed from the birth gender to the other gender. It also refers to pictures, like fan art. Additionally, fan art illustrates a character of one gender transforming to another gender.

When discussing TG transformation, TG art is always associated with this. TG art is popular to where it’s even shown on the most popular animated programs sometimes. With this said, a plethora of TG works are not sexual in nature. They are done for humorous or creative purposes. TG art uses mostly males. Also, in a lot of TG literature and art, the victim is so satisfied with their new form that they decide not to change back even if there is a cure.

Trans Gender Identity

Transgender Identity

Gender identity refers to the way a person feel inwardly whether feeling like a female, male, or something else. Also, the gender expression is when the person is communicating the gender identity to others through the clothing, voice characteristics, behavior, hairstyles, or body characteristics.

Gender identity shouldn’t be confused with sexual orientation. It’s not the same as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Gender identity, whether cisgender or transgender, is about who the person fool inwardly, whether it’s as a female, male, both, or something else entirely.

Trans Gender Dysphoria

Transgender Dysphoria

People with gender dysphoria is the same feeling associated with transgender, but the feelings are just amplified to the point where it could be mentally and emotionally unhealthy. They feel strongly that their gender doesn’t match their physical appearance. And with this strong feeling, they may divert to different disturbing behavioral aspects, such as feeling grotesque about the different attributes of the sex in which they were born with. They can even get to the point where they won’t shower, change their clothes, or even attempt suicide. Gender dysphoria could be a serious condition, and it’s normally diagnosed if these strong type of feelings lasts beyond six months.

In showing more of the serious implications about gender dysphoria, people suffering from this may feel severe distress, depression, and anxiety because they have the physical traits of the sex that is the mismatched of their true gender. They would most likely experience restlessness also. Their intense feelings can interrupt their functionality in normal life at work, school, or in social activities. However, there are some cases where people experiencing gender dysphoria would not result to the more self destructive behavioral attributes. These severely intense feelings would be a phase while they are teens. And in many of these cases, they would cope because they have set in their mind that they would become their inner gender, instead of their birth gender.

Gender dysphoria was once called gender identity disorder. However, the mismatching of the internal feeling of gender and the body doesn’t constitute a mental illness. It is considered a mental problem when depression, anxiety, and stress go along with it. As a matter of fact, gender nonconforming (GNC) is the broader term used for gender dysphoria. And with the ones who feel like they are neither male or female, they call themselves “genderqueer”. Also, gender dysphoria is not associated with homosexuality. It doesn’t associate with sexual orientation, but it associate with their internal feeling of gender.

What to do When not Feeling Right with Your Birth Gender

A person must have shown symptoms for a minimum of six months to be diagnosed as having gender dysphoria. The following symptoms may occur with children showing traits of gender dysphoria:

• Even with physical traits of a boy, they say they are really a girl or with physical traits of a girl, they say they are a boy

• Strongly prefer to have friends of the sex in which they identify

• Rejecting the games, toys, and clothing typical of their birth sex

• Refusing to urinate, sitting, or standing in a way that associates with their birth sex

• Stating their desire to get rid of their genitals in order to have the genitals of the gender in which they associate with

• Believing that they will grow up to be a man, even though they were born a girl, or that they would grow up to be a woman even though they were born a boy

• Having severe distress over their body changing during puberty

The following are symptoms that may occur in adults and teens:

They are certain that their body is not in alignment with their true gender
Having disgust of their genitals to the point where they would avoid having sex, changing clothes, or showering to avoid touching or seeing their genitals
Having a strong desire to get rid of their genitals and other sexual traits
Dress and present themselves as the sex they believe they truly are

Undiagnosed/Untreated Gender Dysphoria

It’s important to get diagnosed and treated for gender dysphoria because people having gender dysphoria possess higher rates of mental health conditions. Some studies show that 71% of people having gender dysphoria will have a mental health diagnosis in their lifetime. This includes eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and suicide attempts.

Treatment

The goal in treatment is not to influence how they feel about the person’s birth sex. But it’s to deal with the distress that may be there. Having said this, it’s imperative to talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist as part of the treatment plan for the negative feelings one may have with gender dysphoria. This is called talk therapy, and it’s a way to address any mental health issues. There may be additional steps needed in the treatment plan depending on the person’s condition, but the psychologist or psychiatrist will discuss which medicines may be needed to treat mental health issues. Other than that, possible treatments could be the following:

  • Puberty blockers– the youngsters in early puberty may ask to be prescribed some hormones, estrogen, or testosterone to suppress the physical changes. However, the young person must consult a pediatrician, and sometimes a psychiatrist must give the cons and pros on taking hormones especially at a young age.
  • Hormones– adults or teens may take the testosterone or estrogen hormones for the development of sex traits they want.
  • Surgery– some may choose to undergo complete sex reassignment surgery. It was once called the sex change operation. In other cases, some may choose to undergo some procedures to bring their appearance more in accordance to their feelings.

The bottom line is people would choose the right treatment along with their therapists for them. And after the transitioning is done, the person would not encounter dysphoria anymore, but therapy may still be needed. With religious groups, potential employers, co-workers, family, and friends having a hard time understanding this transition, this can be a challenge for the person who undergo the transition along with other dealing with other challenges.

What is Transgender

What is Transgender

At birth, the doctor announced that it’s a girl, or it’s a boy. According to the hormones, chromosomes, and anatomy, the sex of a child is determined. However, even though they were assigned a sex at birth, some people don’t identify or feel the sex they were born with. And some feel like they are both sexes or neither one of the sexes. In these cases, these people are known as transgender. Their inner sense (inner gender) feels the opposite of what they were born, both genders, or something else entirely.

There are misconceptions of what transgender, aka trans, are. It’s not associated with sexual orientation, surgery, or how one may dress. It’s how they inwardly feel. According to the Williams Institute, approximately 700,000 people are publicly living as transgender within the United States. Everyone of them is unique with personal journeys. One clinical psychologist specializing in transgender and gender identity issues, Helen R. Friedman, PhD, stated that gender exists on a continuum.

Another aspect of transgender people is that their gender expression is nonconforming to the norm of the sex in which they were born. On the other hand, there are some who illustrate nonconforming gender ways, but they don’t identify as being transgender. And furthermore, transgender issues are being handled in constantly evolving ways in popular culture especially as the public is gaining more knowledge, openness, and awareness about transgender people.