What Does Transgender Mean?

Understanding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression is critical to building a foundation of understanding what it means to be transgender.

Sexual Orientation is a term used to refer to an individual’s emotional and/or sexual attraction to those of the same or other gender. A transgender person has a sexual orientation just like everyone else.

Gender expression refers to how you express yourself externally to show how you feel internally. Many people confuse gender expression with sexuality.  They may assume that your gender expression defines who you are attracted to.  Expression and sexuality are two separate characteristics of a person.

Transgender is when the way a person identifies his or her gender is different than his or her physical sex.

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