Transgendering: Bruce Jenner, Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox
People who identify as transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the “wrong body.” For example, a person who identifies as transgender or transsexual may have typical female anatomy but feel like a male and seek to become male by taking hormones or electing to have sex reassignment surgeries.
The average person would be amazed at how many transgender people there are and have been for many years!
This list consists of well-known people who are transgender in identity. The individual listings note the subject’s nationality and main occupation.
Some of the persons listed here cross dressed during wartime for various purposes.
It should also be noted that transgender people are by definition not “transvestites” or “drag performers” because the latter do not live or identify their gender as being different to the gender assigned at birth consistently in their daily lives.
Presently, most notable are Bruce Jenner, Laverne Cox and Chaz Bono.
It takes a brave soul with a very strong support system to publicly reveal being transgender, or the desire to be.
That doesn’t discount coming out as gay, however, transgenders have a newer presence and need to educate.
The world’s first transgender female
The world’s first transgender male
Imagine waking up from a never ending nightmare that you were inside of a body you did not feel was your own. The resolve and strength it would take to find yourself.
Bruce Jenner gave a candid interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC 20/20. Bruce’s pain was palpable.
There is also intersex.
“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
Though we speak of intersex as an inborn condition, intersex anatomy doesn’t always show up at birth. Sometimes a person isn’t found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied. Some people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing.
Which variations of sexual anatomy count as intersex? In practice, different people have different answers to that question. That’s not surprising, because intersex isn’t a discreet or natural category.
What does this mean? Intersex is a socially constructed category that reflects real biological variation.
There is so much to learn about just like other oddities in the world. As a society, it is more important than ever to keep an open mind and be tolerant of others, even if you can’t give acceptance.