What is transgender?

We were at the beach yesterday with Mum. She has been awesome support to us all, showing us through her choice to drink tea and carry on that she loves Izzy regardless. Anyway, she asked me “So, what’s the difference between transgender and transvestite?”

At the time, Izzy and Freddie were arguing over whether to explore the rock pools or return to the playground, and I was involved in an inner dialogue regarding whether or not Izzy would take a nap that afternoon and what would I cook for dinner and if she doesn’t nap would it be criminal to put Sofia the First on for Iz, an audiobook for Freddie and curl myself up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good novel….so I said “Mum, goodness knows!”

But that got me thinking…

A transvestite is a person who enjoys wearing clothes appropriate to the opposite sex.

While transgender, according to the American Psychological Association decribes a person whose gender identity, gender expression or behaviour does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth. They go on to explain that gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else.

Neither is sexually related.

 

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