Transgender means that the person does not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. Gender, which is the social norm of ‘man’ or ‘woman’ differs from biological sex, which is generally thought of as ‘male’ or ‘female.’ A transgender person might, for example, be born a female (with female genitalia) but gender-identify as a man.
Transsexual refers to a person whose biological sex at birth does not match their identity; this is different from transgender because a transgender person may desire to change their gender identity but not their sexual anatomy. While a person who undergoes hormone therapy and/or surgery to change their physical sex would be considered transsexual, not all transsexual individuals choose to change themselves physically.
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