What's transexuality? And what's the difference between that and transgender?

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August 7th, 2017 2:10am
Transsexual is a term to describe an individual who's mind and sexuality is of one gender, though their sexuality does not correlate with their assigned birth gender. Transgender is generally when a person either wants to or has had surgery to change their assigned gender
July 3rd, 2018 2:54pm
I disagree with lots of the answers on this question... I'm trans and here is my answer : Transsexuality is a term created by doctors to pathologize and hierarchise trans people. It's not ok to use it, except if you're a trans person using it to label yourself (and yourself only). It's like "faggot" : it's ok to use it when you're a gay person taking that slur back in an empowerment way, but not if you're talking about all the community, and if you're not gay yourself. There is absolutely NO difference between that word and "transgender". This last one is one used by trans people in the community (or more often : "trans") and accepted as it's not discriminating. Making a difference between trans people according to the fact that they have done or not genital surgeries (or medical ones) is very transphobic, since it allow people to tell very intimate informations about someone... NO ONE should ask about someone's genitals or give that information without the person's consent... So to keep things shorts : the correct and respectful term are : - transgender (as an adjective. eg : a transgender man) - transidentity (or transidentities) as a noun to describe the fact of being trans. Terms to ban : transsexuality, transsexualism, transsexual person...
November 14th, 2017 1:14am
Transgender is a general term for anyone who does not feel like they belong to the gender they were assigned at birth. Transsexual is specifically refers to those who get sexual reassignment surgery. "Transgender" includes those who are transsexual, but can also apply to people who are nonbinary or never get sexual reassignment surgery.
November 16th, 2017 9:47am
The word transsexual is used to imply that a person has or desires to have some sort of medical assistance (like sex reassignment therapy, hormone replacement therapy, gender affirmative surgery), A transgender person is someone who feels like they have not been assigned the correct gender. They may or may not choose to get medical assistance. Trans* can also be used as an umbrella term.
February 27th, 2018 7:03pm
From my understanding, transsexual is a slightly outdated (but still used, obviously) term for trans people, specifically those who have had surgeries (aka physically transitioning). The difference is usually whether or not someone has physically transitioned, especially sex reassignment surgery. A trans person may not be transsexual because they haven't had any surgeries; transgender describes the gender portion, transsexual describes more of the genitals/sex part.
June 26th, 2018 5:59pm
transsexuality is someone who believes they were born in the wrong gender and someone whom is transgender believes and identifies themselves as belonging to the gender that they were not physically born in...one is sort of an umbrella for the other
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August 5th, 2019 2:34am
"Transgender" indicates people who identify with a gender different than their biological sex. There are people who are born biologically female but identify as male, and viceversa. Transexuals are those transgender people that have undergone the transition therapy to be assigned to become physically matching with the gender they identify as.