Most people are usually happy with their gender, or never really think about it that much. However some people have significant issues around their gender, perhaps because they do not feel themselves to be the gender they were assigned at birth, or they want to dress in a way that is not usually considered appropriate for their gender. These people are often described as trans or transgender.
There are a wide variety of different types of trans identities, and trans people live their lives in lots of different ways. Some may consider themselves entirely male or entirely female (even if that isn’t the same as their legal gender) and some may consider themselves somewhere in between, or another kind of gender entirely. Some people may be quite happy with their lives in one gender, but occasionally feel the desire to cross-dress. Trans people may have been born male or female and they may be sexually attracted to men, women, both or neither. Trans people can lead successful, happy lives, including having careers, getting married/civil partnerships and raising families.
It is OK to be trans, and to live your life in a way that makes you happy.
If you are not entitled to NHS treatment or prefer private treatment, you can usually book to see a private specialist without being referred. However, if you decide to have medical treatment the private specialist will usually want to keep your GP informed. Private treatment is often quicker but can be expensive.
What legal protection do trans people have?
Cross-dressers and those who do not intend to have medical treatment or legally change gender do not necessarily have all the same legal rights. However, it is never acceptable for someone to harass you or act violently towards you, and the police and other public services have a duty to support and protect you if you are being threatened.
All of Outline’s services are open to the trans community, including our information and support phoneline and monthly socials.
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