a person who has the desire to go through the process of transitioning to another gender via hormones and/or genital surgery.
The term was made popular in the 1950’s by Dr. Harry Benjamin. The word transsexual “refers to people who feel a strong desire to change their sexual morphology,” (Stryker, 18).
the medical process of surgically change someone’s genitals to those of the opposite sex.
The first accessible sex changes for Americans were brought about in the mid-1960’s during the “Big Science” period of transgender history in the United States. (Stryker, 94)
biological categories based on reproductive differences with sperm producers being ‘male’ and egg producers being ‘female’.
It is also possible for a person to be born with a combination of reproductive traits of both male and female, see intersex. (Stryker, 8)
physical differences in the bodies of different genders.
“The shape of the body that we typically associated with being a male or female,” (Stryker, 9).
an outdated formal medical diagnosis for “feelings of unhappiness or distress about the incongruence between the gender-signifying parts of one’s body, one’s gender identity, and one’s social gender,” (Stryker, 13). See Gender Dysphoria.