Myths and Facts About Sex and Gender

There are lots of myths about being transgender – we clear up the misconceptions and give you the facts about what sex, gender and being transgender means.

Myth: All people who are transgender need to undergo surgery.

Fact: Being transgender means different things to different people- everyone’s journey is different.

Myth: Trans people are gay.

Fact: Being trans is about gender not sexuality – trans people can be gay, straight or bi.

Myth: You only get trans women, you don’t get trans men.

Fact: There are lots of trans men but currently, trans women have received more media attention.

Myth: Transgender identities are immoral.

Fact: Many trans people have faith and there are a growing number of trans friendly places of worship.

Myth: Surgery/hormones will mean your body will change overnight.

Fact: Everybody’s body changes differently and at different paces. There’s no set timeline.

Myth: All trans people stick out like sore thumbs.

Fact: Everybody is different whether they are trans or not.

Myth: If you are a cross-dresser or gender queer you want to change gender.

Fact: Not all trans people want to change their gender; it’s about the person being happy and doing what makes them feel comfortable.

Myth: All trans people are confused.

Fact: Trans people are no more confused or no less confused than anyone else.

Myth: Being transgender is a choice.

Fact: Being trans is no more a choice than being tall, straight or black. Trans people however have to choose how honest they are with themselves and others.

Myth: All trans people are depressed and unhappy.

Fact: Many trans people live happy, successful and fulfilled lives.

Myth: If you are transsexual and haven’t had surgery you shouldn’t want to have sex.

Fact: Some transsexual people will still have sexual feelings and still want to have sex – it’s whatever feels right for you.

Confused about gender identity? Read our article Understanding Gender Identity.

This article originally featured on LGBT Youth Scotland and has been republished here with their permission.

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