Myth 2: Transgender people are confused or tricking others.

This is the most pervasive myth about transgender people — and the one myth that underpins much of the discrimination they face — is it that they’re somehow confused or actively misleading others by identifying with a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth.

FALSE IMPLICATIONS:

  • Transgender people do not understand their gender identity.
  • Transgender people need guidance about who they are.
  • Something is wrong with what they believe.

Where does gender Identity come from?

Assigned Birth Sex

Gender Identity

The David Reimer Story

FACT

  • Biological sex is much  more than external reproductive organs.

  • We are confused by what we do not understand.

  • Gender identity is our internal sense of being a woman, a man, another gender or neither.

  • Gender identity is a reflection of cultural and social norms.

  • A person’s gender identity is not necessarily visible, we must be told what it is.

Understanding Transgender People

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