The fact of gaining Feminine features. The phenomenon manifests itself at the individual level, and at the historical level as well. At the individual level it turns a man to a shemale or a ladyboy and he ends up gay or not (he can also remain hetero and be attracted to he-females, or be bi). At the historical level it has to do with the emergence of Feminine priorities in the world, and with the global increase of the ordinary (rather than political) power of Women.
Crossdresser/Transvestite is a guy, who's perfectly content on being a guy, who enjoys wearing Girl clothes. Masculinity is usually a sign of a crossdresser (in most cases) and body hair.
Drag queen is again a guy, who enjoys putting on a bigger show than Crossdressers, but still inside is a guy.
Transgender/Transwomen (MtF) is a girl/woman inside, does not feel like reverting back after the day is over. We feel as we are Women and should be addressed as such. Do not call us Crossdressers, Drag Queens, Transvestites, we are women, addressed as she/her, not him/he, dude, bro, etc, very rude and very disrespectful.
T-Girl (short for Trans-Girl) is the generally accepted "polite" way of referring to Transgendered or Transsexual Girls. It is a general term that covers a wide range of people; Cross Dressers, Transvestites and Pre or Post Op Transsexuals may all be referred to as T-Girls without too much risk of offending anyone. Many people however, are not bothered about causing offense to other people, and may refer to such people in a derogatory fashion using words or phrases such as Shemale, Tranny, He-She or Chick with a Dick.
Most T-Girls would not be offended as being described being a T-Girl, although it should be pointed out that many Post-Op Transsexuals would probably prefer to simply be referred to as Girls.
Note: The terms Pre-OP and Post-Op refer to before or after a Transsexual may have Gender Reassignment Surgery.
Someone who identifies as a gender other than what they were assigned at birth. Currently, if a baby is born with a vagina, they are assigned Female at birth, or afab, and if they are born with a penis, they are assigned male at birth, or amab. Cisgender people identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, while transgender people don't.
Transgender is an umbrella term, containing men who are afab (trans men), women who are amab (trans women) and people assigned either sex that feel like both or neither genders (non-binary or genderqueer). Some trans people may take hormones or undergo surgery to make their body match their gender, and to treat dysphoria. Others are perfectly fine with their body, and only want minor or no changes. However, unless they feel comfortable discussing it with you, it is extremely rude and invasive to ask a trans person if they are on hormones or if they've had surgery yet.
Note that a trans person doesn't have to fit into any gender role. Much like cis men and women, a trans man can be feminine, while a trans woman can be masculine.
Jamie was assigned male at birth, but is female. She is a transgender woman, is taking estrogen, and has plans for bottom surgery in the future.
Max was assigned female at birth, but is male. He is a trans man, but has no plans for hormones or surgery.
Riley was assigned male at birth, but goes back and forth between feeling masculine, feminine, and somewhere in the middle. Xe is genderfluid, and has no dysphoria, except for on days when xe wants to female pass.
What's the difference between being transgender or transsexual and having an intersex condition?
People who identify as transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the “wrong body.” For example, a person who identifies as transgender or transsexual may have typical female anatomy but feel like a male and seek to become male by taking hormones or electing to have sex reassignment surgeries.
People who have intersex conditions have anatomy that is not considered typically male or female. Most people with intersex conditions come to medical attention because doctors or parents notice something unusual about their bodies. In contrast, people who are transgendered have an internal experience of gender identity that is different from most people.
Many people confuse transgender and transsexual people with people with intersex conditions because they see two groups of people who would like to choose their own gender identity and sometimes those choices require hormonal treatments and/or surgery. These are similarities. It’s also true, albeit rare, that some people who have intersex conditions also decide to change genders at some point in their life, so some people with intersex conditions might also identify themselves as transgender or transsexual.
In spite of these similarities, these two groups should not be and cannot be thought of as one. The truth is that the vast majority of people with intersex conditions identify as male or female rather than transgender or transsexual. Thus, where all people who identify as transgender or transsexual experience problems with their gender identity, only a small portion of intersex people experience these problems.
It’s also important to understand the differences between these two groups because in spite of some similarities they face many different struggles, including different forms of discrimination. The differences between transgender and transsexual and intersex have been understood by lawmakers in countries such as Australia where lawmakers have publicly acknowledged that people with intersex conditions have distinct needs from people who identify as transgender or transsexual.
People who identify as transgender or transsexual also face discrimination and deserve equality. We also believe that people with intersex conditions and folks who identify as transgender or transsexual can and should continue to work together on human rights issues; however, there are important differences to keep in mind so that both groups can work toward a better future.