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Difference between Transgender and Crossdresser.

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#1 Jun 26, 2011
Crossdressers dress like the other gender by choice mostly to fulfill sexual fantasy.Transgender dress like the other gender because they NEED to this to fulfill who they are.

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#2 Jun 26, 2011
"Transgender" is a term that describes all of those who violate social gender stereotypes in one way or another. Cross dressers are part of the transgender community. Other groups within this community are drag kings/queens, feminine gay men, butch women, genderqueer and transsexual people. The term is like the word, "metal," or the word, "bird." Many different groups with very unique properties and characteristics fall under the definition of those words. The word is used in a social and political context. In other areas it has a lot less validity and applicability.

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#3 Jun 26, 2011
While I agree with almost everything you said, I would disagree in the case of Drag Queen. D Qs are gay or even straight. When the shows over, they take everything off and go home to their boyfriends or girlfriends as the case may be. I believe they are character actors and little more. The same as say, John Wayne was a character actor. He could only play one part. However, This is not to put them down in any way. They are very good at what they do! However, Transexuals and Crossdressers do what they do for deep seated reasons. Drag Queens do it for a paycheck.
Regards, Terry
Emelye Waldherr wrote:
"Transgender" is a term that describes all of those who violate social gender stereotypes in one way or another. Cross dressers are part of the transgender community. Other groups within this community are drag kings/queens, feminine gay men, butch women, genderqueer and transsexual people. The term is like the word, "metal," or the word, "bird." Many different groups with very unique properties and characteristics fall under the definition of those words. The word is used in a social and political context. In other areas it has a lot less validity and applicability.
http://wiki.susans.org/index.php/Transgender

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#4 Jun 26, 2011
Emelye Waldherr wrote:
"Transgender" is a term that describes all of those who violate social gender stereotypes in one way or another. Cross dressers are part of the transgender community. Other groups within this community are drag kings/queens, feminine gay men, butch women, genderqueer and transsexual people. The term is like the word, "metal," or the word, "bird." Many different groups with very unique properties and characteristics fall under the definition of those words. The word is used in a social and political context. In other areas it has a lot less validity and applicability.
http://wiki.susans.org/index.php/Transgender
The majority of cross dressers are hetero;with no intention of truly identifying with the opposite gender.This is the definitive distinction between the cross dresser and the true transgender.

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#5 Jun 27, 2011
STEPHMAR wrote:
<quoted text>The majority of cross dressers are hetero;with no intention of truly identifying with the opposite gender.This is the definitive distinction between the cross dresser and the true transgender.
Emelye's right! "Transgender" is a blanket term that covers all "Cross gender" behavior. It can mean anything from a once a month panty fetish to a full case of Transexualism. It is further subdivided into CD (Transvestite) and Transexual. There are other sudivisions into grades of each but all are covered by the term "Transgender".
Regards, Terry

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#6 Jun 27, 2011
TerryE wrote:
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Emelye's right! "Transgender" is a blanket term that covers all "Cross gender" behavior. It can mean anything from a once a month panty fetish to a full case of Transexualism. It is further subdivided into CD (Transvestite) and Transexual. There are other sudivisions into grades of each but all are covered by the term "Transgender".
Regards, Terry
For the sake of clarity,there must be a definitive term to distinguish the true M2F or F2M which are not conditions of CHOICE;from all other sexual behavior which may indeed be choice.To me the only term which is suitable is "Transgender."If anyone has a better term;I am listening?

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#7 Jun 27, 2011
STEPHMAR wrote:
<quoted text>For the sake of clarity,there must be a definitive term to distinguish the true M2F or F2M which are not conditions of CHOICE;from all other sexual behavior which may indeed be choice.To me the only term which is suitable is "Transgender."If anyone has a better term;I am listening?
Whether one is a Transvestite or a Transexual, Neither is a choice.
I personally believe that the two conditions are the same, except in severity. The Transexual is the more severe and the Transvestite can let go of his symptoms for a while. The Transexual is plagued more constantly by theirs. What is the mechanism? I don't know! Perhaps a greater amount of female hormones flooded the womb, for a longer time, during the mother's pregnancy. Some will disagree with me and insist thet the two conditions are unrelated. However, I've met TSes who were misdiagnosed as TVs and TVs misdiagnosed as TSes. Such is the overlap of symptoms. But either way, you are Transgendered!
Regards, Terry

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#8 Jun 27, 2011
TerryE wrote:
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Whether one is a Transvestite or a Transexual, Neither is a choice.
I personally believe that the two conditions are the same, except in severity. The Transexual is the more severe and the Transvestite can let go of his symptoms for a while. The Transexual is plagued more constantly by theirs. What is the mechanism? I don't know! Perhaps a greater amount of female hormones flooded the womb, for a longer time, during the mother's pregnancy. Some will disagree with me and insist thet the two conditions are unrelated. However, I've met TSes who were misdiagnosed as TVs and TVs misdiagnosed as TSes. Such is the overlap of symptoms. But either way, you are Transgendered!
Regards, Terry
http://jcem.endojournals.org/c ontent/85/5/2034.Terry check this out.Steph.

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#10 Jun 27, 2011
STEPHMAR wrote:
http://jcem.endojournals.org/c ontent/85/5/2034.
A Good artcle! another good article is to be found when you google Harrybenjaminsyndrome
Regards, Terry

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#11 Jun 27, 2011
well, I wasn't going to respond to this thread but upon reading, what appears to be some iggnorance, I feel education using factual evidence is needed.
like it or not here are the facts.
question; What is the difference between transgender and crossdresser?
Transgender; is an umbrella term covering a feeling of unhappiness and incongruity concerning one's physical sex and/or gender role. This covers a range of feelings, from a general sense of discontentment with the socially expected role, through certain forms of gender-motivated transvestism (dressing as the 'opposite' sex to alleviate this dysphoria), through to full-scale transsexualism (with an overwhelming desire to change one's body and genitals, and to actually become, as far as medically possible, the other sex).

Crossdresser;or crossdress/transvestite;There are two types,gender motivated transvestie and feteshistic transvestite, both are discussed here.
Transvestism. Very commonly confused with transsexuals, transvestites lack the overwhelming need to change their physical sex characteristics that characterises transsexuals. Transvestites feel a need to dress as the opposite sex from time to time, but have no wish to change sex. There are two broad types of transvestite, Gender-Motivated and Fetishistic, although there may be some blurring of the distinction.
Gender-Motivated transvestites are usually unremarkably masculine, heterosexual men, who construct a female alter ego to allow themselves to express the 'feminine' character attributes such as sensitivity and emotionality that they deny themselves in their male role. The female persona is kept totally separate, and the transvestite, when in his male mode, will often refer to his female persona as if she was a totally different person. Gender-Motivated transvestites may or may not be gender dysphoric: some cross-dress to escape from a feeling of unhappiness with the male social role, many simply because they enjoy playing at being (their idea of) female. The former type would probably be regarded as being mildly gender dysphoric, the latter would certainly not. Nevertheless, transvestites are emphatically different from transsexuals: the transvestite always has a core male identity, even if he occasionally likes to escape into a female alter ego , while the (male-to-female) transsexual always has a core female identity.
Fetishistic transvestites cross-dress to obtain some form of sexual pleasure or stimulation. They are almost universally heterosexual, and are not regarded as gender dysphoric.
Transvestites generally regard themselves as fundamentally male, and most would be appalled by the idea of actually changing their sex. However, it is not uncommon for transsexuals to go through a phase of seeing themselves as (or perhaps trying to convince themselves that they are) merely transvestites, before they come to fully accept their true condition. Conversely, a few transvestites carry their fantasy 'female self' too far and delude themselves into thinking that they are transsexual. Rigorous psychiatric screening is used before allowing 'sex-change' treatment to minimise the possibility of such people embarking on a course of action that they would come to regret.
Transvestites are relatively common: some estimates would have several percent of the male population showing some degree of transvestite behaviour.

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#12 Jun 27, 2011
to broaden the subject a bit, let's discuss transsexualism.
What transsexualism is NOT;
There are several other possible human conditions that are commonly confused with transsexualism, but are quite distinct. These are described briefly here to eliminate them from this discussion:
Transvestism. Very commonly confused with transsexuals, transvestites lack the overwhelming need to change their physical sex characteristics that characterises transsexuals. Transvestites feel a need to dress as the opposite sex from time to time, but have no wish to change sex. There are two broad types of transvestite, Gender-Motivated and Fetishistic, although there may be some blurring of the distinction.
Gender-Motivated transvestites are usually unremarkably masculine, heterosexual men, who construct a female alter ego to allow themselves to express the 'feminine' character attributes such as sensitivity and emotionality that they deny themselves in their male role. The female persona is kept totally separate, and the transvestite, when in his male mode, will often refer to his female persona as if she was a totally different person. Gender-Motivated transvestites may or may not be gender dysphoric: some cross-dress to escape from a feeling of unhappiness with the male social role, many simply because they enjoy playing at being (their idea of) female. The former type would probably be regarded as being mildly gender dysphoric, the latter would certainly not. Nevertheless, transvestites are emphatically different from transsexuals: the transvestite always has a core male identity, even if he occasionally likes to escape into a female alter ego , while the (male-to-female) transsexual always has a core female identity.
Fetishistic transvestites cross-dress to obtain some form of sexual pleasure or stimulation. They are almost universally heterosexual, and are not regarded as gender dysphoric.
Transvestites generally regard themselves as fundamentally male, and most would be appalled by the idea of actually changing their sex. However, it is not uncommon for transsexuals to go through a phase of seeing themselves as (or perhaps trying to convince themselves that they are) merely transvestites, before they come to fully accept their true condition. Conversely, a few transvestites carry their fantasy 'female self' too far and delude themselves into thinking that they are transsexual. Rigorous psychiatric screening is used before allowing 'sex-change' treatment to minimise the possibility of such people embarking on a course of action that they would come to regret.
Transvestites are relatively common: some estimates would have several percent of the male population showing some degree of transvestite behaviour.

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#13 Jun 27, 2011
more on the subject;;;
Homosexuality and Bisexuality. This has no connection at all with transsexualism --- gay men and lesbians are generally totally happy with their anatomical sex, and their gender identity is in accordance with it. They are merely attracted to persons of their own anatomical sex, or to both sexes in the case of bisexuals. Of course, there are also gay transvestites ('drag queens'), who cross-dress from a different motivation: generally for show or humour, or perhaps as a political statement.
Homosexuality and bisexuality are very common; some statistics even suggest that people exhibiting some degree of bisexual or gay attraction could outnumber pure heterosexuals. At the minimum, homosexuals and bisexuals represent a large minority.
Hermaphroditism and Intersex. Hermaphroditism is a very rare condition in which the genitals are neither clearly male nor clearly female. There is a school of thought that maintains that this is related to transsexualism, but is a much more extreme case resulting in a strongly intersexed body, rather than the mind/body mismatch that characterises transsexualism.
Many milder intersex conditions exist, often resulting in varying degrees of malformation or dysfunction of the genitals. Such conditions do appear to be significantly more common among transsexuals than among the general population, though the majority of transsexuals are not obviously physically intersexed.
The incidence of true hermaphroditism is reportedly somewhere around the one-in-a-million mark, although milder physical intersex conditions are very much more common. As many as 1 in 200 live births exhibit some degree of physical ambiguity, and as many as 1 in 400 people have a chromosome configuration that does not match either the standard male (XY) or standard female (XX) karyotypes.

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#14 Jun 27, 2011
what transsexualism IS;;
Transsexualism is the most pronounced form of Gender Dysphoria. A typical medical definition of transsexualism would be along these lines:
A transsexual is someone who experiences a deep and long-lasting discomfort with their anatomical (genital) sex, and wishes to change their physical characteristics, including genitals, to the opposite of those usually associated with their anatomical sex, and to live permanently in the gender role opposite to that normally associated with their anatomical sex.
The medical definition is usually hedged around to exclude conditions such as hermaphroditism and various forms of psychosis which may lead to patients thinking they are transsexual without really being so. Some transsexuals also exhibit a degree of physical androgyny (which supports the view that transsexualism stems from an endocrine disorder, like hermaphroditism) but this is not part of the required conditions for diagnosis.
Transsexualism is still thought by many people to be a psychiatric condition, even though most transsexuals are perfectly sane and rational and recent research has shown that the condition has a physical basis --- that the 'female brain in a male body' is a biological reality. Nevertheless, in most countries the person in overall charge of a gender reassignment ('sex-change') will be a consultant psychiatrist. The psychiatrist's role is to ensure that the patient is sane, really is transsexual, and is mentally stable enough to make the necessary adaptation to the new gender role.
Most transsexuals dislike the typical medical description, as it still tends to suggest a psychiatric, rather than physical, origin for the condition, in spite of the criterion that one must be sane to be allowed gender reassignment.

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#15 Jun 27, 2011
Bearing in mind the definitions of 'sex' and 'gender', some transsexuals are uncomfortable with the accepted medical term 'gender reassignment' to cover what is popularly known as 'a sex change'. While many medics would adopt the reductionist viewpoint that sex is properly determined by chromosomes and not by genitals, and that there can therefore be no true change of sex, it is not really a change of gender either. It is a change of gender role , to bring it into conformity with the person's gender identity , with hormonal and surgical reconstruction, as far as possible, of the body's sexual characteristics.
Many specialists draw a distinction between primary and secondary transsexuals, although in reality there is probably a spectrum rather than a black-and-white division. Primary transsexuals exhibit cross-gender identity and severe gender dysphoria from an early age, and are unable ever to function satisfactorily in their natal sex role. Secondary transsexuals arrive at their cross-gender identification later in life, often after being fully functional in their natal sex role for some time, perhaps having even married and raised families. It seems likely that primary transsexuals are the true 'female brain in male body' case, with extensive feminisation of the brain, while secondary transsexuals represent a less severe version of the condition, with only partial feminisation of the brain. This view has been borne out by psychometric tests that aim to quantify 'masculine' and 'feminine' personality traits.
Transsexualism is a fairly rare condition. About one person per thousand is gender dysphoric to some extent, although true primary transsexuals are far fewer. Recent estimates would suggest that around one person per 25,000 is a true primary transsexual, with perhaps ten times that number of secondary transsexuals.
After reassignment most, but by no means all, transsexuals are heterosexual. Among the transsexual population, the usual spectrum of human sexuality can be found. Gender identity and sexual preference are not very strongly connected. Interestingly, it appears that primary transsexuals exhibit a similar incidence of sexual preferences to the natural-born female population, while secondary transsexuals demonstrate a much higher incidence of lesbianism or bisexuality.
There is also an increasing number of people who label themselves as 'transgenderists'. They typically wish to live as members of the opposite sex, but without undergoing genital surgery. This could be regarded as a kind of mid-point between the Gender-Motivated transvestite and the transsexual. While this unquestionably another manifestation of Gender Dysphoria, it is debatable whether such people are transsexual in the true sense.

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#16 Jun 27, 2011
3.1 What Causes Transsexualism?

Transsexualism has been recognised as a distinct condition for about forty years; before that, anyone who was convinced that their true sex lay opposite to that suggested by their genitals was simply considered psychotic. For many years, opinion was divided as to whether the origin of the condition is psychiatric or physiological, despite the fact that no amount of psychotherapy, psychoactive drugs, aversion therapy or any other psychiatric method has ever 'cured' a true transsexual. The only treatment that seemed to work was gender reassignment, the use of hormones and surgery to modify the person's body and bring it into line with their true gender, and to enable them to live in their proper gender role.
It is now accepted by all reputable professionals in the field that transsexualism stems from a physiological cause, and is in no way a mental illness, perversion or 'lifestyle choice'. The consensus of opinion is that gender identity is determined before birth and is unchangeable thereafter:
All human foetuses start off in a female configuration, and in the absence of biochemical instructions to the contrary, will develop into baby girls --- irrespective of their chromosomal sex . This 'female by default' development is overridden in normal male foetuses by a complex sequence of hormonal processes. It starts about six weeks after conception, when the SRY gene on the Y chromosome causes a weak male hormone precursor to be secreted. This causes the foetal gonads to differentiate into testes instead of ovaries. Some weeks later, the primitive testes start working, and secrete a large dose of testosterone (the principal male hormone), which causes the foetal brain to differentiate into the male pattern. It is at this point that the brain structure responsible for gender identity, as well as all the other well-known (and measurable) brain differences between men and women, is laid down.
Transsexualism is caused by that second burst of hormones failing to happen, or only happening very weakly (many male-to-female transsexuals do exhibit some masculine mental tendencies, but retain the feminine gender identity, suggesting that the masculinisation of the brain went part of the way and then failed). In the case of the most extreme primary transsexuals, with no detectable brain masculinisation at all, the second hormone surge is probably entirely absent. There are a number of possible reasons for this failure; in some cases, the genitals do not develop normally, and therefore do not manage to secrete testosterone on schedule to alter the brain. This is likely to produce a certain degree of physical intersex in the infant as well as transsexualism. Most transsexuals, however, are not obviously intersexed, so subtler causes must be involved.
Overall, the condition seems to have three possible causes:

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#17 Jun 27, 2011
Chromosomes: by no means the only cause, but the easiest possibility to identify. As many as 1 in 400 of the population have a karyotype other than XX (standard female) or XY (standard male), some of the other combinations can give rise to a variety of conditions including transsexualism and intersex. A few, but by no means all, transsexuals have a non-standard karyotype, leading to hormonal 'confusion' during foetal development.

Chemicals: some drugs that were administered to pregnant women (most notoriously diethylstilboestrol), or oral contraceptives unknowingly taken after conception, frequently caused transsexual offspring by disrupting the hormone processes. There is also increasing evidence that some pollutants can have the same effect --- many man-made chemicals are known to mimic oestrogen and/or disrupt androgen receptors; especially substances like polychlorobiphenyls and dibenzodioxins, which were very widespread in the 1950's and 1960's, before their hazardous nature was realised and they were banned. Polychlorobiphenyls were even used as ingredients in makeup in those days --- many women were exposed to dangerously high levels of these chemicals.

Random events: sometimes, the biochemistry simply fails to work properly --- things just go wrong for no very clear reason. Perhaps the expectant mother is anaemic or the foetus is undernourished for some reason, or maybe maternal hormones cross the placenta in sufficient quantity to disrupt foetal development (progesterone in particular is very good at blocking the action of testosterone). The process by which a fertilised ovum develops into a complete baby human is so unimaginably complex that there is an almost unlimited number of things that could go wrong.

Some other causes have been suggested in the past, but have by and large been discredited. In particular, all variants of the 'nurture' explanation (which suggests that the infant was subject to a 'wrong-gender' upbringing --- perhaps the parents really wanted a girl, not a boy) can be discounted, now it is known that male-to-female transsexuals have physiologically female brains --- after all, neither upbringing nor cultural influences can change the pre-natal wiring of one's brain.
Once the relevant stage of pregnancy has passed, there is no way that the foetus's brain-sex (and hence gender) can be altered: postnatally, hormones can alter the body, but the brain remains forever as it was born. This is why it is impossible to change a transsexual's gender to match their natal sex. It may seem strange to change someone's body-sex to match their gender, but it is the only treatment possible, as the brain cannot be altered to match the natal physiological sex. So gender reassignment ('sex-change') is the only successful way of treating transsexuals.

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#18 Jun 27, 2011
4 Dealing with Being Transsexual

There are a number of ways in which transsexuals deal with their condition, and many transsexuals will pass through several of these as 'stages' on their journey to self-fulfilment.

Denial

This is not a way of dealing with being transsexual, but is something that all transsexuals probably go through in the early stages. Trying to convince themselves that they are not really transsexual, or will grow out of it, or 'ignoring it and seeing if it goes away', all characterise the denial phase. Denial does not usually work for long, and there is considerable evidence that transsexuals who fail to escape this stage frequently commit suicide. Figures suggest that as many as thirty percent of transsexuals are not diagnosed and treated soon enough to prevent them from taking their own lives.

No Action

A few transsexuals come to a realisation of what they are, but consciously choose to live with the discomfort of an inappropriate body and gender role, perhaps because of religious beliefs or perhaps for the sake of wife or children. In a few cases, transsexuals may live in a way more reminiscent of transvestites, only expressing their true gender on agreed occasions. This type of adaptation is nearly always found to be unsatisfactory for the true transsexual, and similar problems to those of the Denial phase then occur.

Social Reassignment

For many transsexuals, the most pressing need is the need to alter their gender role and to live in accordance with their gender identity. This means, for a male-to-female transsexual, living completely as a woman. This is usually, but not always, done as a step in a journey leading to hormonal and surgical gender reassignment, but some people choose to stop here (and usually label themselves as 'transgenderists'), or maybe even to live a 'mixed-gender' lifestyle --- a few people with Gender Dysphoria feel that they are neither truly male nor truly female.
For male-to-female transsexuals, permanent removal of facial hair by electrolysis is usually a necessary step, and is usually done before, or just after, social reassignment. It is time-consuming, expensive and painful: two years of treatment at two or three hours per week is often required, at a cost that can often exceed £25 per hour. Many people find the pain barely tolerable, even with a local anaesthetic. It is normally impossible to obtain electrolysis from the NHS, so the transsexual must pay for private treatment.

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#19 Jun 27, 2011
Hormonal Reassignment

Most transsexuals undertake hormone treatment to bring their body shape and appearance into closer accord with their gender identity. Hormone treatment may start before or after social reassignment: a few transsexuals can 'pass' in their new social role without hormone treatment, many may require some months of treatment before undertaking social reassignment. In Britain, hormones can only be prescribed by a consultant psychiatrist as part of a gender reassignment programme.
The initial hormone treatment is largely reversible if stopped early, and this is often used as a safety check to prevent people who are not truly transsexual (such as confused transvestites who convince themselves that they are transsexual) from taking a disastrous course of action. Since transvestites have male brain structure and core identity, and their behaviour is mediated by male sex hormones, their cross-dressing behaviour stops when female hormones are administered. This effect is used to 'weed out' people who are not true transsexuals: a true transsexual will feel natural and happy under the effects of female hormones, anyone else will feel wrong and will stop their apparent cross-gender behaviour as male hormone function ceases.
Large doses of hormones are used to overcome the body's own sex hormones, which carry some risk of side effects. After genital surgery, the dosage is greatly reduced as the body no longer produces hormones in opposition to the prescribed ones, but a post-operative transsexual will need to take a maintenance dose of hormones for life.
Some transsexuals continue in a pre-operative state for long periods, taking hormones and living in their preferred gender role, but perhaps never having surgery. There is evidence that continuing the high hormone dosages required for pre-op transsexuals for long periods may be harmful.
Male-to-female hormone treatment causes development of breasts, usually rather small, as well as redistribution of body fat and a general feminisation of the figure, hair and skin. Body hair is often reduced but not removed, and hormones seldom have any large effect on facial hair. Hormones will not alter a male voice (nor will genital surgery), so male-to-female transsexuals must usually undertake some kind of speech training, learning to raise and soften the voice as well as using more feminine inflection and vocabulary.

Surgical Reassignment

This is seen by some as the entire purpose of the long process of gender reassignment, while others feel that it is more of a final step to achieve congruity of body and mind after the really hard work of establishing a life in the proper gender role has been done.
The process, for male-to-female transsexuals, involves removal of the male genitals and the construction of a set of female genitals (excluding uterus and ovaries, of course) using material from the male genitals. Present state-of-the-art surgical technique produces a very good approximation to natural female genitals (even gynaecologists have been known not to realise that a patient is a post-op transsexual), with fairly good nervous sensation, although of course it is dependent on the skill of the surgeon.
The operation is a major surgical procedure (requiring about ten days in hospital, and four hours or more under anaesthetic), is quite painful and invariably expensive. Many transsexuals in Britain opt for private treatment as it has become very difficult, and impossible in many areas, to obtain NHS treatment and the waiting lists are very long.
No reputable surgeon will perform surgical reassignment without recommendations from two psychiatrists. It is normally impossible to obtain permission for surgery without performing a 'Real Life Test'--- living and working as a woman for at least one year.

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#20 Jun 27, 2011
5 Social, Economic and Legal Implications

Transsexuals in Britain face considerable social and legal obstacles to a successful gender role change. Widespread social prejudice means that transsexuals are often harassed, ostracised or even assaulted if their condition becomes known. Many transsexuals find themselves forced to abandon their previous life, job and social circle altogether and to start a new life 'from scratch' in a new area where their gender history is not known. Many transsexuals lose friends or family due to prejudice and lack of understanding. All this makes for considerable additional difficulty for the transsexual during what is inevitably a stressful and traumatic part of her life.
The economic situation also makes life difficult for the transsexual. Many transsexuals, prior to reassignment, are unable to function effectively as productive citizens because their Gender Dysphoria is so debilitating. After successful gender reassignment, the vast majority of transsexual people become fully functional members of society and contribute to the economy in full. The biggest difficulty arises at the 'in-between' stage: today it is almost impossible to obtain gender reassignment with NHS funding, leaving private treatment as the only available option for many people. But a person who is unable to function effectively in their natal sex role will probably find it extremely difficult to save enough money for treatment, and the problem is compounded by the requirement for the 'real-life test'--- it can be very difficult to hold down a job while 'in transition'; it is a difficult time for the transsexual herself, she may require considerable time off work for treatment, and if her transsexual status is discovered (and it can be very hard to conceal, especially prior to surgery) she is likely to lose her job. In the circumstances, it is not surprising that many transsexuals become suicidal when treatment is unobtainable, or that some resort to prostitution as the only way to pay for the treatment. Privately, gender reassignment costs a minimum of £10,000 for surgery, psychiatrists' fees and electrolysis; the cost can easily rise by thousands of pounds if the patient requires more than a minimal amount of electrolysis, or if she requires any cosmetic surgery in order to 'pass' as a woman.

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