A person who does not identify with the gender associated with the sex assigned to them at birth. This term is most frequently associated with movement from one side of the gender binary to the other.

Many transsexual people feel a strong need to access medical transition to physically alter their bodies (e.g., hormone therapies and/or gender affirming surgeries). For some people this is a stigmatizing term because of its historical association with the pathologization of gender diverse people, and the implication that a person’s gender identity is not valid unless they medically transition.

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