Some people feel as though they are either confused/curious about their gender, they don’t identify with their birth assigned gender and/or they feel as though their gender is more fluid than either/or.
You Do Not need to prove your gender to me. I am not the judge of your life, only you are the expert of your own life. What I can do is: provide a safe place for you to explore these feelings and concerns and help you to find a better understanding of how you identify. Sometimes this involves exploring the opposite gender by dressing as your true gender full-time or part-time, coming out to your family, friends, employment and social circles, and perhaps eventually seeking hormone replacement therapy and/or surgery. I follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standard of Care Version 7 recommendations WPATH (formally known as: Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association). I can provide the needed referral letter so you can begin your transition. Please note that I do charge $30/per 15 minutes for letters.
I do have a transformations process group forming now, so please call today to find out more details on this group.
Some common terms and definitions:
Sex: Male or Female or Intersex; combination of genitals, chromosomes, hormones and external and internal sexual organs.
Gender Identity: Also just called gender. This can be man or woman. This is a persons deeply held gender identity. For cisgender people, they identity with their assigned sex at birth (example: male=man/boy) For transgender people they usually do not identify with their assigned birth. And for some people their gender does not fit either man/woman or girl/boy. They are more fluid or genderless or gender neutral.
Gender Expression: How one chooses to express their gender, usually this is how they dress and express themselves. This includes the person’s name, pronouns, clothing, haircut and body characteristics. These are usually described as feminine, masculine or androgynous characteristics.
Transgender: an umbrella term used for people whose birth assigned gender differs from their gender identity or expression. Some people under go hormone replacement therapy, some undergo surgery, some people come out in public, some people only dress out at home or on the weekends. No one transperson is the same and everyone is an individual. No one has to transition in any way in order to identify as transgender. Other term: Trans.
Transexual: an older term that now generally means someone who has undergone either hormones or surgery to change their gender. Many people do not prefer this term. Some do. Just ask what someone prefers.
Transgender woman: People who are assigned male at birth and identify more with the female gender. Other terms include trans woman, female, MTF or male to female.
Trans gender man: People who are assigned female at birth and usually identify more with the male gender. Other terms include trans man, male, FTM or female to male.
Transition: The process of altering one’s birth gender to their more genuine gender. This could include dressing full time or part time as their true gender, beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT), getting gender affirming surgeries, coming out to family, friends, school, religious, spiritual and/or work communities.