A transgender man was assigned female at birth but identifies and lives as a man.
And some transgender people identify as non-binary, meaning their identities don’t neatly fit into either “man” or “woman.” Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, face staggering levels of discrimination, poverty, and violence.
The latest research reports that 90% of transgender people report experiencing harassment or discrimination on the job. If you or someone you know is transgender, check out these resources: MORE ABOUT BEING TRANSGENDER: National Center for Transgender Equality, Transgender Law Center GLAAD: Gender Proud SUICIDE PREVENTION: The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline IF YOUR FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IS TRANSGENDER: Straight for Equality 1.
Follow LGBT news from outlets like The Advocate and listen to transgender people tell their own stories by following well-known transgender leaders on Twitter like actress Laverne Cox, author Janet Mock, VH1 star Carmen Carrera, transgender man and public speaker Tiq Milan, transgender teen Jazz Jennings, and models Geena Rocero and Isis King. Use a person’s preferred pronouns: Use a person’s preferred pronouns (he/him, she/her, them/they) when referring to or speaking with a transgender person.
If you aren’t sure what pronouns to use, it’s alright to politely ask.
Do not ask for a transgender person’s “real name.” Instead, respect the name a transgender person is currently using. Respect privacy: You wouldn’t ask a non-transgender person about their genitals or how they have sex and it’s equally inappropriate to ask a transgender person those questions.
Smith is a Grammy Award-winning producer, model and singer. Chris Gould is dating Mimi, but Chris identifies as a male so they are not in a lesbian relationship.
Smith knew that she was a woman, even if her birth certificate said male.
Though Chris doesn’t use the word transgender to describe himself, he dresses and feels masculine and, in his words, identifies “as a man in a female vessel.” We are proud that D.
Smith and Chris have joined the cast, and that their participation is creating a dialogue about gender identity.
In an effort to continue that conversation, we’d like to provide a list of definitions and resources for anyone in need of help — defining what transgender means, supporting others in the community, and educating yourself and those around you.
Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate.