Myths and Facts about Sex and Gender in Identity
There are lots of myths about being transgender – we clear up the misconceptions and give you the facts about what sex, gender and being transgender means. Republished with the permission of LGBT Youth Scotland.
Myth: All people who are transgender need to undergo surgery.
Fact: Being transgender means different things to different people- everyone’s journey is different.
Myth: Trans people are gay.
Fact: Being trans is about gender not sexuality – trans people can be gay, straight or bi.
Myth: You only get trans women, you don’t get trans men.
Fact: There are lots of trans men but currently, trans women have received more media attention.
Myth: Transgender identities are immoral.
Fact: Many trans people have faith and there are a growing number of trans friendly places of worship.
Myth: Surgery/hormones will mean your body will change overnight.
Fact: Everybody’s body changes differently and at different paces. There’s no set timeline.
Myth: All trans people stick out like sore thumbs.
Fact: Everybody is different whether they are trans or not.
Myth: If you are a cross-dresser or gender queer you want to change gender.
Fact: Not all trans people want to change their gender; it’s about the person being happy and doing what makes them feel comfortable.
Myth: All trans people are confused.
Fact: Trans people are no more confused or no less confused than anyone else.
Myth: Being transgender is a choice.
Fact: Being trans is no more a choice than being tall, straight or black. Trans people however have to choose how honest they are with themselves and others.
Myth: All trans people are depressed and unhappy.
Fact: Many trans people live happy, successful and fulfilled lives.
Myth: If you are transsexual and haven’t had surgery you shouldn’t want to have sex.
Fact: Some transsexual people will still have sexual feelings and still want to have sex – it’s whatever feels right for you.