The word transgender or ‘trans’ is often used as an umbrella term to describe people who feel their gender is, or has been, different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
Transgender describes someone’s gender identity rather than their sexuality.
Some trans people prefer to write trans*. The asterisk shows and makes special note to include all identities in the gender identity spectrum ensuring that everyone who identifies as transgender, transsexual or ‘non-binary’ is included.
Some people may have felt like they are not the ‘right’ gender from a very young age. These feelings may have developed when they started going through puberty or even earlier on in life. Some transgender people may have medical treatment, such as hormone treatment or surgery to bring their physical body or appearance more in line with their gender.
If you have any concerns about your gender identity, the first step is to talk to your GP.
There are also a number of other Trans organisations and groups which you may want to get in touch with for more support. See the links below.
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