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Gender - is a psychosocial construct for classification.
Gender Identity - is a person's sense of their own gender
Gender Expression - is the gender you demonstrate to others.
Gender Variant - variation from society gender norms associated with one's physical sex.
Gender Dysphoria - is an overwhelming desire to assume the physiological characteristics and social roles of the opposite sex.
Transgender - is an umbrella term used to describe gender variant people who have gender identity expressions or behaviors not
traditionally associated with their birth sex.  Not all transgendered persons alter their physical anatomy.
Transvestite - Fetish in which a heterosexual male dresses in the clothing of the opposite sex, as the primary means of sexual arousal.
Crossdresser -one who wears opposite gender clothing.
Transsexual - by definition is one who wishes to be considered a member of the opposite sex and/ or has undergone a sex change.
(more information below)
Intersexed - people with chromosomal or physiological anomalies that lead to ambiguous genitalia. (more info below)
Stone Butch or No-ho/No-op are female bodies persons that live full-time in the male gender role without the use of hormones or
surgery.
Butch and femme are terms often used in the lesbian and gay subcultures to describe a person's approximate adherence to traditional
masculine and feminine gender roles respectively, within a same-sex relationship.
Two Spirit - A native American term for people who blend the masculine and feminine.
Drag Queens or Drag Kings - Typically a gay man or lesbian (respectively) who wears opposite gender clothing, makeup and
displays mannerisms for their own or others appreciation or for entertainment.
Gender Queer - a term used by many trans people who do not identify as either male or female. (See "Gender Ambiguous" below)
Sexual Orientation - The desire for intimate emotional and sexual relationships with people of the same gender (homosexual), or
another gender (heterosexual), or more than one gender (bi-sexual).
Boi - misspelling of "boy" and used by young gay males, some female bodied transsexuals, lesbians, dykes or queers, gender queer or
gender f**ked.

..............................................................Gender Questions

Have you always felt "wrong" in your body?
Do you like your gender?
Do you like your body shape?
Do you like your genitals?
Does being a man, or woman depress you?
Do you feel that neither male or female labels fit you?
Have you ever wanted to kill yourself because of your gender?
Have you ever thought about correcting your birth gender cutting off your genitals?
Do you have a history of wanting to be the opposite gender?
Would you like to take hormones for the opposite gender?
Are you interested in sex reassignment surgery?
Do you feel normal somewhere in between genders?

If you answered yes to some or most of these questions, you are likely a gender variant person.  For an accurate evaluation,  
see a therapist who specializes in treating gender variant people.  See our
Resources page for a therapist near you.

.........................................................Gender Identity Disorder
.............................................................................http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Gender%20dysphoria

"Gender Identity Disorder as identified by psychologists and medical doctors is a condition where a person who has been assigned one
gender "..." but identifies as belonging to another gender, or does not conform with the gender role their respective society prescribes to
them. It is a psychiatric term for what is widely known by terms like transsexuality, transgender and (subject to debate, but full-fledged
GID is present in at least some cases) transvestism or cross-dressing.
This feeling usually is reported as "having always been there", although in many cases it seems to appear in adolescence or even in
adulthood, and has been reported by some as intensifying over time. Since many cultures strongly disapprove of cross-gender
behaviour, it often results in significant problems, for example a severe identity crisis. In many cases discomfort is also reported as
stemming from feeling like one's body is "wrong" or meant to be different."   
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...................................................................Transsexual
................................................................................. http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/transsexual

"A transsexual (sometimes transsexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at
birth) sex. Transsexual men and women make or desire to make a transition from their birth sex to that of the opposite sex, with some
type of medical alteration (gender reassignment therapy) to their body. The stereotypical explanation is of a "woman trapped in a man's
body" or vice versa, although many in the transsexual community reject this formulation. For the exact wording of formal diagnosis,
see gender identity disorder.

Definitions
The minimum requirements for a person to be considered transsexual are debated. Some feel that hormone-induced changes, without
surgical changes, are sufficient to qualify for the label transsexual. Others, especially health care providers, believe there is a certain set
of procedures that must always be completed. The general public often defines "a transsexual" as someone who had or plans to have a
"sex change" surgery. The current term in widest use for modification of sexual characteristics is sex reassignment surgery (SRS), a
term which reflects the belief that transsexual people do not consider themselves to be changing their sex, but to be correcting their
bodies."
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...............................................................Gender Ambiguous

Gender Ambiguous - A gender variant person whose gender identity is not exclusively male nor female, but is between or beyond
genders, or is some combination of the genders.  This condition is known by many different names: gender fukt, gender binary, gender
queer, "other", shemale, etc.  These individuals have a gender identity is seemingly in " neutral"  meaning they have no gender identity,
or they feel they are some part of "both" genders and feel normal expressing both genders in body and dress.

It is the belief of this writer that gender ambiguous is more common in our society than currently known.  

......................................................................Intersexed

“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that
doesn't’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

Intersexed people can be found in the transsexual/transgendered community because they face many of the same challenges including,
family rejection, change of gender roles, the need for corrective surgeries and the need for a support group.  Sometime intersexed
individuals don't know anything about their intersexed condition, either because it was hidden from them, or never diagnosed.  (See
links for more information.)




Gender Identity 101: A Transgender Primer - online
http://sagatucson.org/saga/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=94

What is Gender and Who is Transgendered? - online
http://www.transgendercare.com/guidance/what_is_gender.htm

Gender Queer/Gender Binary - online
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genderqueer

Intersexed Society of North America
http://www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex

Intersexed and Transgendered People
http://www.itpeople.org/intersexed.php

Intersexuality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersexuality
Transsexual, Crossdresser, 2 Spirit, Gender Queer, Questioning, Gay?   
The information below should help you begin to discover yourself.
Be sure to seek professional help as you continue yourself discovery.
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