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.