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Frequently asked questions about Gender

FAQs About Diverse Gender

Before you check our FAQs about diverse gender, check out our glossary which has all the meaning of
different labels and terms; it might answer some of your questions and it will help you understand some
of the following FAQs and their answers too.

 

I think I might be Trans or the opposite sex to the one I was assigned at birth; but what if I don’t know for sure?

It’s OK to take time to figure out who you are and being trans or the opposite sex from what you were assigned is most importantly about what you feel comfortable identifying as and how you feel comfortable being; not what someone else thinks you are or what you have been told to be.

Many people don’t feel they fit their gender role and the stereotypes for their gender, but some people also feel the sex or gender of their body doesn’t fit right for them and that they would feel right as the opposite gender. The medical term for this is ‘Gender Dysphoria’; “A persistent unease with having the physical characteristics of one's gender, accompanied by strong identification with the opposite gender and a desire to live as or to become a member of the opposite gender” (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary; 2007).

Gender identity is how you identify your gender. Many people identify as Trans; others prefer to identify only as their new gender. Others prefer transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, trans man, trans woman, FTM/F2M, MTF/M2F, sistergirl, tranny, boi, tranny boi, bi-gendered, genderfucked, and many more. It’s up to you and what feels right.

 

Gender is very complex and lots of people have many different views about gender, gender dysphoria, and transgender-ism. At Freedom Centre we believe that everyone knows what’s right for them, that everyone is different and that we have the right to be respected for who we are. It takes time to know who you are and being Trans* has some huge implications for your everyday life, but being honest with yourself and true to who you are makes any challenges worthwhile. You’ll face some hard decisions and circumstances and need to link in to support networks for your journey.

Am I the only one with these feelings?

There are thousands of other people around Australia and the world who feel their body is not the right gender for them and who have transitioned to the opposite gender from the one they were assigned at birth. You are not alone!

Find Out More

We’re sure you have heaps more questions, but the SimplyTrans and GQ (Gender Questioning) booklets have answered most of the big questions so instead of us repeating things check them out!

Also check out our Links, and Info Sheets on Gender for more info, plus drop in to FC’s GenderQ session for info and peer support.

 

Feel free to contact Dani (9228 0354 /9482 0000 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for support or information too!