One of the most misunderstood groups of people today, transsexuals (not to be confused with transgenders or crossdressers) are people who literally feel like they were born in the wrong body, and their outisde appearance doesn't match their inner gender identity.

There are two types of transsexuals: female-to-male (FTM) and male-to-female (MTF). The first gender represents the sex that they were born as, and the second is their goal.

Transsexual people aren't transvestites or trannies (these are degrading terms invented by the porn industry and I highly discourage their use), perverts, freaks or aliens or whatever. We're normal people that deserve just as much respect as anyone else.
Transsexualism is NOT a psychological condition. It's a medical condition. A birth defect. It is scientifically proven that transsexualism occurs in the womb. Transsexuals have had this dysphoria their entire lives and it only becomes stronger.

This feeling of being trapped in the wrong body is a matter of life and death, and I'm being very serious.
50% of ALL transsexuals attempt suicide before age 20. I should know. I was part of that 50%.
And 50% die before age 30. Main cause of death? Suicide.

Why do transsexual people have such a high rate of suicide, depression, anxiety, and self injury? Not only because of their unbearable feelings of being trapped in the wrong body, but because society sucks and most people are extremely ignorant of transgendered and transsexual people. Ignorance, inevitably, leads to fear which leads to hate. There is a LOT of prejudice against us and the world needs to be educated more about it.

In America, supposably land of the "free", only TWELVE states out of 50 protect us against hate crimes in housing, marketing, employment, insurance, social security, and much much more.
Many states also don't recognize their reassigned sex in marriages.
A few states such as Ohio won't even allow a legal change of sex on the birth certificate.
But society is much worse than the law. One infamous hate crime you should know about is the rape and murder of pre-op transman Brandon Teena. Just watch the movie about him, Boys Don't Cry. It's a great movie, but very sad.
Even in the LGBT community, people aren't very understanding.
Our friends leave us, our families abandon us.
Our suicide and homelessness and unemployment rates are incredibly high.
Transition is extremely expensive and though insurance does cover some, we still have to pay a LOT out of our own pocket.
Many of us never get the money to transition.
Many of us never get the courage or support and decide to conform to society's expectations--live their life as a fake and suffer the consequences, only to die from the stress in the form of heart attack, stroke, or suicide.
In the DSM V, transgenderism is still listed as a mental illness though most transgenderists tend to be fine with the way they are and it's transsexuals that are uncomfortable with their bodies (however there are transgenders who are transsexual to only a slight degree and there are also androgynous people) but either way it is NOT a mental illness, I cannot stress it enough. Instead though they listed it as "Harry Benjamin's Syndrome" or "Gender Dysphoria." Muh...

Transsexualism is a birth defect that deserves just as much attention as any other defect people are born with. No one should have to go through such a difficult feat, especially not alone like so many of us do. No one should have to die struggling just to be, for the very first time in their lives, themselves.

Ugh, and don't forget what happens to those poor transwomen in prisons! And not to mention difficulty with public restrooms. Something as simple as locker rooms and bathrooms can turn into a complicated nightmare. It's amazing how much society stresses gender roles.

About transition. Transition is a complicated, long, painful, and expensive process transsexuals must go through. I stress the word MUST. It's a matter of SELF-PRESERVATION.
But to break it down for now into the basics: there's gender therapy, hormone reassignment therapy (HRT), the real life test (RLT) and finally sexual reassignment surgery (SRS).

Gender therapy is how transsexuals are diagnosed, and ultimately get put on the waiting list for hormones.

HRT is when the patient takes estrogen (for MTFS) or testosterone (for FTMS) which results in dramatic changes in the body, such as changes in fat patterns, lean body mass, sex drive, stops the period (for FTMS), grows breasts (MTFS), stops breast production (FTM), sprouts facial hair (FTM), deepens voice (FTM), changes the texture of your skin, lengthens the clitoris (FTM), I could go on and on and on. hormones are usually taken via injection (the best and safest way to do it, in my opinion) but there are a few other methods.

The RLT (real life test) is a major step in the transition period. After a little while of taking hormones, the transsexual is expected to go "stealth"--basically, blending in with their like-gendered peers (meaning, FTMs for example, live life completely as male)--and if they decide that they aren't really trans, they stop hormone intake and that is that. After six months, however, the effects of the hormones become permanent.

After at least a year of hormones and after passing the RLT transsexuals must gain permission from their gender therapist to be approved for surgery. FTMs have "top" and "bottom" surgery while MTFs have just "bottom" surgery along with a shaving of the adam's apple to feminize the voice.
FTM surgery, in a nutshell, includes reducing the size of breasts and shaping them so they look like pecs, and a cosmetic surgery involving sculpting the lengthened clitoris into a functioning penis. There are two types of bottom surgeries--metoidioplasty and phalloplasty. Both have advantages and disadvantages, neither are actually very good, but personally I would go for metoidioplasty instead--phalloplasty involves pumps and nasty scars, which is too freaky and unnatural for me.
MTF surgery is much easier actually, shaping the penis into a vagina that's capable of even orgasming. Even during sexual intercourse you can't tell that the person was ever born male, even if the organ is examined by professionals no one can tell! I envy the success rate of MTF surgery vs. FTM surgery.

And finally, a couple definitions for ya:

transgender is an umbrella term for androgynes, bi/pan/a-gendered people, cross dressers (NOT transvestites, thanks), and other gender-variant people. Transsexuals are not part of this group because they aren't changing their gender and are extremely uncomfortable with their appearance, unlike many transgenders.

transvestites and trannies don't exist, except for in the porn industry. Only use these terms if you want to get your ass whooped.

androgynes are people who feel like they're both male and female, or neither, but not always at the same time or anything. Sometimes they feel like they're a man, sometimes a woman, and it's very difficult coping with it since no matter what your body looks like it won't fit you 100% of the time.

Anyway, I hope that anyone who may have read this has been more educated about transsexuals and transgendered people and therefore, if not understanding, at least accepting by being informed about what we have to go through and such and such.
Hi, I'm Kira and I'm a 14 year old FTM transsexual guy. :)
by acidic August 20, 2008
Caroline Cossey also known as Tula was the first transsexual woman to be a Bond Girl. In the movie For Your Eyes Only alongside Roger Moore.
Tula: I am a Woman

"I have commited no crime. My only "sin" was to be born in the wrong body. Forced into the open, I will speak out for transsesxuals everywhere, and I will continue to fight a government that allows its doctors to perform gender reassignment surgery, but refuses to acknowledge those who benefit from that technology."
by Aaliyah T May 13, 2005
Since most of the few articles in this section (and that of transexual - a common misspelling) are either false or downright offensive, I've decided to shed a little more light on the subject. . .
A transsexual is a person who feels they should have been born with the reproductive organs, social role, and so forth, of the 'opposite' gender. There is a tremendous difference between a transsexual and someone such as a transvestite, boi, or drag queen/king.
Contrary to popular belief, born-women (also known as FTMs) can also be transsexuals and not all transsexuals are attracted to people of their birth gender. For example, a man who wants to be a woman, and loves men would be considered a homosexual transsexual. If she loves women, she would be nonhomosexual. The terminology is difficult, especially if you're in the mindset of considering them to be who they really are.
They often undergo surgical and hormonal treatment such as mastectomy (removal of breast tissue and forming a more masculine chest) and phalloplasty (sculpting a phallus) for FTMs. At this time I don't have enough information on MTFs to name their surgeries.
There is a somewhat specific path to becoming the opposite gender that I believe most doctors follow; in the beginning, you begin dressing as your chosen gender and do so for the next two years or until your doctor gives the thumbs-up. Then, you start to take Testosterone or Estrogen (this cannot be reversed, hence the two years crossdressing) for the next couple of years. Then, generally, surgical measures will be taken.
Jim: . . .Yeah, pretty much.
by Izzzzzzzzzzy June 11, 2007
The hometown of sweet transvestites.
I'm just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania!
-Dr. Frank-N-Furter
by ScaryyMary May 06, 2010
A man who desires to be a woman or get a sex change to become the gender they always wanted to be. Someone who lives as the gender of their choice.
I am transsexual and i'm proud.
by ..MIKE TODD REHMEYER... April 21, 2008
What Zelda is discussed to be in Ocarina of Time (so much for an E rated game).
If I ever find out Sheik is a damn transsexual, Zelda is officially out of my fandom list!
by Mario fan March 21, 2007
sluts with sausage / dolls with balls / babes with boners / women with wangs / chicks with dicks / moms with meat / playmates with prostates / debbies with dongs / heroines with hard-ons / dykes with dinks / bitches with beef / wives with weiners / whores with more / widows with woodies / tricks with tripods / nieces with nuts / females with foreskin / bimbos with bones / princesses with penises / nuns with knobs / skanks with scrotums / gals with gadgets / skirts with schlongs / sisters with snakes / broads with rods / tramps with testes / cunts with cocks / wenches with wee-wees / girls with gonads / nannies with nightsticks / pinays with pipes / shrews with salami / chicas with chubbies / harpies with helmets / dominatrixes with dipsticks / succubuses with sacks / maidens with members / bachlorettes with bishops / goddesses with goliaths / hoochies with hoses / vixens with vipers / foxes with fucksticks / actresses with anacondas / dames with ding-dongs / mistresses with manginas / tarts with tools / hotties with hammers / femmes with footlongs
"Look at that sister with snake. What a transsexual."
"Yeah, she's totally a vixen with viper."
by Eclytic August 04, 2006
A man or a woman, usually a homosexual, who has undergone surgical operations in order to change his/her sex.
my mom is a transsexual.
by ogrish_1982 April 08, 2006

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