WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE TRANSGENDER?

Transgender people feel that the gender to which they were born, or assigned at birth, does not fit them.  Transgender people include people born female who identify as male (female-to-male) and people born male who identify as female (male-to-female).  Transgender people also include those who identify as "genderqueer," gender neutral, and/or gender-free - people who may not identify as either male or female. [1]

Gender Identity - refers to a person's internal, deeply felt sense of being either male, female, something other, or in between. [2]

Gender Expression - refers to an individual's characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms, speech patterns, and social interactions. [2]

 

ISSUES FACING TRANSGENDER YOUTH

The term "transgender youth" can be used as an umbrella term for all students whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth and/or whose gender expression is non-stereotypical.  Some transgender students transition or change from one gender to another.  Transition often means changing the way you dress, selecting a new name, and sometimes getting help from a doctor to change your body. [2]

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's 2007 National School Climate Survey [3]

(6,209 LGBT students sampled, 295 students self-identified as transgender)

 

[1] Advocates for Youth.org
[2] GSA Network.org
[3] GLSEN.org