It’s been a year since I’ve fixed my first name change, to live with the name I’ve always wanted to be known as.
“Trans” encompasses almost anyone who doesn’t identify with the gender assignment given to them at birth . It is the superset term that includes transgender, “genderqueer“, non-binary, agender, and other individuals who do not identity with their natal gender designation.
More than mere gender variance, being trans leads to a condition known as “gender dysphoria”. Sometimes things can’t be done to transition, and others will undergo hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries to correct this. Some simply identify as male or female, others fall somewhere in between, or as both.
There is no “one size fits all” approach. Identity is personal, and sometimes grouping oversimplifies our variety of natures. This has pigeon-holed and overstuffed what it means to be a male, females, or something else entirely…rather than letting us be ourselves.