What is transgender?

Transgender seems strange for most of people, and there are even some kinds of misunderstanding on transgender. What's transgender? we've interviewed some transgender people here.

"My name is Seamus, I'm a scout, and I'm transgender. Transgender is when your gender identity is misaligned from the gender assigned at birth. You can't know somebody is trans based on their appearance."

"My name is Nelly, I'm a dancer, blogger, and I'm transgender hookup. Being transgender is wonderful, because I'm truly who I am, I'm at ease, I'm comfortable, happy, and that's all that matters. Transgender people are like everyone else."
"My name is Luke, I play basketball and I'm transgender. Gender identity is who you are and sexuality is who you are attracted to. There is no one way to be trans."
"I'm a fashion design student. People don't generally have a strong idea of what it is to be transgender. Gender is emotional and intellectual."

"It's about who you are and not who you are interested in. Trans people are just like everyone else, in a sense that you are a normal person, you just happen to also be trans. Let people be themselves."

"Jay is my son, he is a very confident young man, and has been more confident since he came out about three years ago."

"My son is transgender, his name is Luke. He is very happy and he is very good to other people, he hasn't change as a person which is what I always wanted."
"I remember as a young child. as young as 5 years old, having fits about having to wear dresses, my mother forcing me to hair up, and I always complained that 'I looked too girly'. But I started to accept my dress and hair style as a girl. Then at 14 years old I got my period."

Being trans means you don't feel comfortable being labeled as the assigned gender you were given at birth. Trying to change a person's gender identity is no more successful than trying to change a person's sexual orientation, it doesn't work. So, most transgender people seek to bring their bodies more into alignment with their gender identity. According to Zhou et al."Found that in a region of the brain called the bed nucleus of the stria terminals, a region known for sex and anxiety responses, MTF transsexuals have a female-normal size while FTM transsexuals have a male-normal size." While the transsexuals studied had taken hormones this was accounted for by including non-transsexual male and female controls. Who, for variety of medical reason, had experienced hormone reversal.

In a word, transgender people are not as strange as we thought, they are as normal as everyone else. Everyone have the right to choose the way they are, so just respect everyone's choice. Being transgender means nothing but people's different choice on their gender identity. We don't need to wonder about people's gender or are they the gender of their birth given? It's very important to live as you like and have a comfortable life.