Transgender is the T in LGBT.
Transgender is when a core part of your being finds expression in the opposite gender. A sign of being transgender is to feel joyful, contented and empowered when expressing the opposite gender.
Just as most people are at least a little bit gay, most people are at least a little bit transgender. It’s like a sliding scale with people on all points from zero to 100%. People on the lowest parts of the scale are generally content to live entirely within society’s traditional gender roles, repressing any differences for the comfort of belonging to the herd.
People higher on the scale find repression of their transgenderness more and more difficult. At some point, fear of non-conformity is outweighed by the need to express the opposite gender. Arguably, this is the point at which being transgender begins, even if it is not necessarily recognised as such by the person themselves. Ultimately though, Transgender can only be a label you apply to yourself, not one that others impose on you.
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