The word “transsexuality” sounds like something related to sexuality, but it’s not. Sexual orientation and sexual identity are terms used to describe who we are attracted to and who we love.
Heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and bisexual are words you are probably familiar with. They describe sexual orientations. We all have a sexual orientation, trans people included.
We all also have a gender identity – the inner feeling that we are a man or a woman, that we are masculine or feminine, or perhaps somewhere on a “continuum” between masculine and feminine.
Being transgendered or transsexual is about gender identity. For trans people, their bodies do not match their inner experience of gender.
Being trans is not the same as being gay – (from the booklet: ‘Families in Transition; a Resource Guide for Parents of Trans Youth’, by CTYS)