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Supporting those who transition

Supporting those who transition

For those who know someone who is transgender and/or considering transitioning:

  1. Educate yourself about gender and gender transitioning.
  2. Respect transgender individuals by using their correct pronouns & chosen name.
  3. Don't invalidate them because of their choices in transitioning. There is no one way to transition.

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Diagnosis of gender dysphoria

The diagnosis of gender dysphoria is typically done by mental health professionals who follow the guidelines provided by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria in people of all ages:

  • clinically significant distress
  • impairment in important areas of functioning (such as occupation, social life, etc).

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Medical Transitioning (Gender affirmation surgery)

Gender affirmation surgery is a procedure of altering a transgender person's physical appearance & functional abilities to those of their gender identity.

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Medical Transitioning (Hormone therapy)

Hormone therapy is the administration of hormonal medications to align secondary sexual characteristics with gender identity.

  • Transmaculine individuals will take androgens which deepens their voices, promotes growth of body hair and redistributes muscle mass.
  • Transfeminine people will take estrogen which stops growth of body hair, promotes development of breasts and redistributes body fat.

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Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is a feeling of distress that someone may experience because of a mismatch between their biological sex & gender identity.

This distress can further worsen when they get misgendered, stigmatised & isolated.

People with gender dysphoria commonly identify as transgender.

Treatment for gender dysphoria involves transitioning & therapy.

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Social Transitioning

Social transitioning may include:

  • Coming out to loved ones as transgender.
  • Changing their name to one that expresses their true gender and makes them feel comfortable.
  • Using pronouns that match their desired gender.
  • Changing their gender expression (such as appearance, mannerisms, hairstyle, and dressing styles).

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Gender Transitioning

Gender Transitioning is a process transgender people undergo to align with their gender identity. It is part of the treatment for gender dysphoria and can help alleviate the distress it causes.

Ways to transition:

  • Social transition (involves changing their gender expression)
  • Medical transition (involves changing their body).

People who wish to transition may undertake one, all, or none of these steps.

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