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What does it mean to be transgender?

Transgender people are people whose internal knowledge of their gender is different from the gender people thought they were when they were born. “Trans” is a shorter word meaning transgender.

 A transgender woman lives as a woman today but was thought to be male when she was born. A transgender man lives as a man today but was thought to be female when he was born.

 Some transgender people identify as neither male nor female, or they may identify as both. There are a variety of terms that people who aren't entirely male or entirely female use to describe their gender identity, like non-binary, non-conforming, queer, and genderqueer.

 For more information on transgender people and the trans movement, check out the National Center for Transgender Equality.