Being Transgender and Transitioning
Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. It is a broad term that encompasses a range of gender identities and experiences. It might be helpful to think of gender as being on a continuum with female at one end and male on the other with a range of gender identities in between.
Transitioning: For gender independent or transgender people, transition is the process of altering their gender expression (through social transition) or altering their body (through medical transition) to align with who they feel they are.
It is the time when a person begins living as the gender with which they identify rather than the gender they were assigned at birth, which often includes changing one's first name and dressing and grooming differently. Transitioning may or may not also include medical and legal aspects, including taking hormones, having surgery, or changing identity documents to reflect one's gender identity.
Transitioning is a process over time that can take between several months or many years.
Not all gender independent young people want or need to transition. For those who do, it is becoming more common to begin at a young age.
For younger children, social transition is an option. For adolescents and teens, puberty suppression and medical transition are available. Some transgender people begin to explore social and medical transition in adulthood.
If you are a parent and wish to understand and explore the options available for your child or adolescent or you are an adult considering how you may fully express your gender identity, we look forward to your enquiries.
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