Please refresh the page and retry. A transgender man who attempted to create legal history by having his baby become the first to legally not have a mother has lost his High Court fight, with the presiding judge citing the "basic facts of life". But Sir Andrew lifted the anonymity Orde r in July after a legal challenge was brought by a number of media groups including this newspaper because Mr McConnell had taken part in a BBC documentary called Seahorse where he openly discussed his life as a transgender father.
Chris Edwards knew from early childhood he was male, but had to wait two decades before he could transition. Here, he reveals his remarkable physical and emotional journey as a transgender. Getting your period is difficult enough for a teenage girl.
Show less Physically transitioning from male to female is a unique, individual, but hard process. There is no right or wrong way to physically transition.
Non-binary people's internal sense of gender identity is neither solely female nor male. For transgender and transsexual people, this process commonly involves reassignment therapy which may include hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgerywith their gender identity being opposite that of their birth-assigned sex and gender. Transitioning might involve medical treatment, but it does not always involve it. Cross-dressersdrag queensand drag kings tend not to transition, since their variant gender presentations are usually only adopted temporarily.
The study of the causes of transsexuality investigates gender identity formation of transgender people, especially those who are transsexual. Transsexual people have a gender identity that does not match their assigned sexoften resulting in gender dysphoria. The most studied factors are biological.
Collage by Michelle Thompson. Recommendations on finding them are forthcoming. Not all transgender people transition, and transitions look different for all kinds of people.
Julie McCarthy. Abhina Aher was born a boy biologically and is now a hijra, a member of an ancient transgender community in India. Of her painful physical and psychological transformation, Aher remembers now: "I just wanted to become a beautiful butterfly.
When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, Jonas and Wyatt, at birth inthey were thrilled at the idea of having two sons. For a while, it was virtually impossible to tell the boys apart. But as they grew older, one child, Wyatt, started insisting that he was a girl.
This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female. In my case, I was diagnosed at age 40 with gender dysphoria and at age 50 with psychological issues due to childhood trauma. I thought my secret was safe, but my teenage uncle heard about it and felt I was fair game for taunting and sexual abuse.
Shareena Z Hamzah does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Her parents are shocked — and then furious. As this scene shows, although technological advances may offer new ways for people to lead their lives, they can also create new prejudices. A growing awareness of trans issues — both transgender and transhuman — is stimulating general debate.