School is in session! Time to break it down for our readers, the differences between many of these lifestyle choices! Many people see or hear the above terms and assume 1 & 1 is 2! When you see one of the above words, what comes to mind?
Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter was a transvestite. A transvestite generally has lesser or no desire to permanently change their sex, but simply enjoys being able to cross-dress from time to time. As a cross-dresser, wouldn’t that be a drag queen? Negative. A drag queen is similar, EXCEPT the term drag queen refers to people who cross dress for public performances only. So in lesson 1 we learned that a Transvestite, and a Drag Queen are similar, yet not QUITE the same thing.
She-male is a term used primarily (but not exclusively) in sex work to describe trans women with male genitalia and augmented female breasts from breast augmentation and/or use of hormones. According to Professors Laura Castañeda and Shannon Campbell at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, “Using the term she-male for a transsexual woman would be considered highly offensive, for it implies that she is working in the sex trade.” This would be the typical “Tranny Porn” star. Transsexuals, and/or Transvestites rarely appear in porn labeled as such.
Transsexualism is an individual’s identification with a gender inconsistent or not culturally associated with their assigned sex. Simply put, it defines a person whose assigned sex at birth conflicts with their psychological gender. A medical diagnosis can be made if a person experiences discomfort as a result of a desire to be a member of the opposite sex, or if a person experiences impaired functioning or distress as a result of that gender identification.
Sex reassignment therapy (SRT) is an umbrella term for all medical procedures regarding sex reassignment of both transgender and intersexual people. Though SRT is sometimes called “gender reassignment”, those who use the word “sex” to describe an individual’s biology and “gender” to describe their personal identity and social role consider this usage to be misleading. The process of changing from one gender presentation to another is often called transition.
Individuals make different choices regarding sex reassignment therapy, which can include hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to modify secondary sex characteristics, sex reassignment surgery to alter primary sex characteristics, facial feminization surgery and permanent hair removal for trans women. Transsexual people who transition usually change their social gender roles, legal names and legal sex designation.
To obtain sex reassignment therapy, transsexual people are generally required to undergo a psychological evaluation and receive a diagnosis of gender identity disorder in accordance with the Standards of Care (SOC) as published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. This assessment is usually accompanied by counseling on issues of adjustment to the desired gender role, effects and risks of medical treatments, and sometimes also by psychological therapy. The SOC are intended as guidelines, not inflexible rules, and are intended to ensure that clients are properly informed and in sound psychological health, and to discourage people from transitioning based on unrealistic expectations.
So in short, a man who used to be a woman, or a woman who used to be a man is a transsexual. Though it is considered rude, to say “a transsexual” just as it would be considered rude to say “a black” or “a gay”. ”A transsexual man” or “A Transsexual Woman” are both acceptable. To be 100% honest I would guess, that “a transsexual” isn’t as offensive as people would assume, as long as it’s not used in a hateful way…but what do I know?