How you see your gender is known as your gender identity. If your gender identity does not match the gender you were assigned at birth, you may identify as trans. Nowadays, “trans” is generally accepted to include those who have a non-binary gender identity, meaning that they may not see themselves as male or female, as both, or having no fixed gender identity. It also includes trans men (men who were believed to be female at birth) and trans women (women who were believed to be male at birth).
Many trans people socially transition. This is the process of starting to live in the gender that is right for you rather than the one assigned to you at birth. This can be a long process, and include changing your name and your appearance.
Some trans people may wish to medically transition. This can mean taking hormones and having surgery.
Trans people have worse health outcomes than cis people (those whose gender matches the gender they were assigned at birth). Trans people do, unfortunately, often report prejudice in accessing healthcare, both for gender identity services and routine health.
Improving Health Within The LGBT Community Seminar, July 2016
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