17 Truths Transgender People Need You To Understand Now

It is time to clear up the misconceptions about transgender men and women!

Erin Cooper
Created by Erin Cooper
On Apr 13, 2017

The term transgender or 'trans' refers to someone who feels their internal gender does not align with the gender they were assigned at birth.

It is an umbrella term that can be used to encompass many gender identities.


Not all transgender people go through a Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).

Transitioning is a process that is unique to each individual and doesn't always involve SRS.


It is impolite to ask a transgender person if they've had SRS.

How would you feel if a stranger asked you about your genitals? Focusing on their surgery and genitals objectifies trans people.


Transgender people are not posing, disguising, deceiving, or pretending. They are living out their true identity.

It is inappropriate and unfair to label or categorize transgender people in this way.


Transgender people are not cross-dressers or drag queens.

Drag queens are men who dress like women for the purpose of entertainment. This is not the same as being trans.


When addressing a transgender person, you should always use their chosen pronoun and name.

Transgender people should be respected and addressed by their chosen name, just like anyone else.


If possible, always respectfully ask a transgender person which pronoun they wish to be addressed by.

If you're unsure if a person is transgender, keep reading...


If you don't know if a person is transgender, use a pronoun that matches the person's name, appearance or personal expression.

When in doubt, always be respectful and listen when someone speaks to hear how they refer to themselves.


There are people who don't feel the terms "male" or "female" fit them and that's OK!

These people are known as "gender nonconforming" or "gender-queer" and may not express their gender in ways that society expects.


You can't tell if someone is transgender just by looking at them.

Not all transgender people look or act a certain way.


For some transgender people, there are barriers and challenges that make it difficult for them to come out until later in life.

Discrimination and lack of resources and knowledge can make it difficult for people to express their true gender identity until later in life.


Gender identity and sexual orientation are NOT the same.

Transgender is NOT a sexual orientation and trans people can identify as straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual.


There are nearly 700,000 transgender people in the United States.

Check out the full report here: http://bit.ly/1marFLw


Transgender people can be discharged from the U.S. Military for their identity.

According the U.S. military, being transgender is a mental disorder and can be grounds for discharge.


Trans people face incredible hardship including ridicule, discrimination, depression, murder and suicide.

Click here for more about their stories: http://on.mtv.com/1AsDh1u


It is important to steer clear of backhanded compliments and unsolicited advice when speaking to a trans person.

Although your comments may seem supportive, they can actually be very hurtful.


Transgender people deserve the same rights and respect as any other human being!