Transitioning

To learn about social transitioning, see this page. For medical transitioning, see this page. For legal transitioning, see this page.

Transitioning is a broad term used to describe steps taken to affirm a person's identity. Some people view their transition as a binary journey from one point to another (female to male, or male to female), whereas others have a more fluid view of their journey to self-affirmation.


No two transitions look the same, and every trans person is unique. There is not a "right" way of transitioning. Some trans people need surgery to alleviate gender dysphoria, whereas others never experience that need. Some trans people do need surgery, but cannot afford it, or cannot undergo surgery due to health issues. Some trans people embark on a journey of hormone replacement therapy, but others do not. Ryan Cassata, for example, is a trans man who has spoken openly about his choice not to hormonally transition. He is just as male as a guy who is on testosterone! Some trans men are very masculine and gender-conforming, whereas others (like Casil McArthur) still find makeup and feminine fashions enjoyable. There is huge diversity in trans communities.

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