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Transgender is an umbrella term used to desribe people who cannot or choose not to conform to societal gender norms associated with their physical sex. Such individuals have gender identities, expressions or behaviours not traditionally associated with their birth sex.

Transgender people live their lives to varying degrees of their chosen gender and may self identify as female, male, trans-women, trans-men, non-operative transsexual, pre-op transsexual, transsexual or transgender.


Transphobia is a fear and dislike of transgender people. Like biphobia, transphobia is present in the lesbian and gay community, just as it is in the straight community.

Both transwomen and transmen can feel a sense of belonging with the lesbian/bisexual community.

For further information and support follow this link:

This is a North East website and there is a lot of public information available on this site, but for some content you will need to register as a member. You will also find information about more support and advice in the area. 

1 Sexual Health for Trans Women - the basics...
2 Trans women and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)
3 Transphobia

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