Transgender vs. Transsexual

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Transgender and Transsexual is that the Transgender is a state of one’s gender identity not matching one’s assigned sex and Transsexual is a condition in which an individual identifies with a gender inconsistent or not culturally associated with their assigned sex.

  • Transgender

    Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another. Transgender is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are genderqueer or non-binary, including bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or else conceptualize transgender people as a third gender. Infrequently, the term transgender is defined very broadly to include cross-dressers, regardless of their gender identity.

    Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation: transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or may decline to label their sexual orientation. The term transgender is also distinguished from intersex, a term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics “that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies”. The counterpart of transgender is cisgender, which describes persons whose gender identity or expression matches their assigned sex.

    The degree to which individuals feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance and accept their genuine identity has been called transgender congruence. Many transgender people experience gender dysphoria, and some seek medical treatments such as hormone replacement therapy, sex reassignment surgery, or psychotherapy. Not all transgender people desire these treatments, and some cannot undergo them for financial or medical reasons.Most transgender people face discrimination in the workplace and in accessing public accommodations, and healthcare. In many places they are not legally protected from discrimination.

  • Transsexual

    Transsexual people experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with, or not culturally associated with, their assigned sex, and desire to permanently transition to the gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance (including hormone replacement therapy and other sex reassignment therapies) to help them align their body with their identified sex or gender.

    Transsexual is generally considered a subset of transgender, but some transsexual people reject the label of transgender. A medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria can be made if a person expresses a desire to live and be accepted as a member of their identified sex and if a person experiences impaired functioning or distress as a result of their gender identity.

  • Transgender (adjective)

    Having a identity) which is different from the assigned male at birth but having a female gender or vice versa; or, pertaining to such people. Compare transsexual, and the following sense.

  • Transgender (adjective)

    Not identifying with culturally conventional gender roles and categories of male or female; having changed gender identity from male to female or female to male, or identifying with elements of both, or having some other gender identity; or, pertaining to such people. Compare genderqueer, transsexual.

  • Transgender (adjective)

    Intended primarily for transgender people.

  • Transgender (adjective)

    Available for use by transgender people (in addition to non-transgender people).

  • Transgender (noun)

    Transgenderism; the state of being transgender. Compare transsex.

  • Transgender (noun)

    A transgender person.

  • Transgender (verb)

    To change the gender of; to change the sex of. Compare transsex.

  • Transsexual (adjective)

    Having changed, or being in the process of changing, physical sex (because it does not match desired sex) by undergoing medical treatment such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and optionally sex reassignment surgery (SRS), or rarely only SRS.

  • Transsexual (noun)

    A transsexual person.


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