What does transition mean?| Updated on
The term “transition” is an umbrella term that refers to processes where a trans individual moves from one gender presentation to another.
There are 3 broad aspects to this:
- Social: name, pronouns, interactions. For example, a trans person might start adopting a name that they prefer, instead of the one given to them at birth.
- Medical: hormones, surgery. This includes sex reassignment surgery, or hormonal treatment. Medical transition may not always be easy to get, or may be prohibitively expensive.
- Legal: legal name changes, gender marker changes (e.g. from Mr. to Ms.), etc. Legal transition may not always be available, and depends heavily on the local laws.
A trans individual may transition in any combination, or none at all.
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