List of transgender-related topics

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The term transgender is multi-faceted and complex, especially where consensual and precise definitions have not yet been reached. While often the best way to find out how people identify themselves is to ask them, not all persons who might be thought of as falling under the transgender 'umbrella' identify as such.[1] Transgender can also be distinguished from intersex, a term for people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies".[2]

Books and articles written about transgender people or culture are often outdated by the time they are published, if not already outdated at the time of composition, due to inappropriate and/or outdated questions or premises.[3] Psychology, medicine, and social sciences research, aid, or otherwise interact with or study about transgender people. Each field starts from a different point of view, offers different perspectives, and uses different nomenclature. This difference is mirrored by the attitude of transgender people as regards transgender issues, which can be seen in the articles listed below.[4]

People and behaviour

In non-Western cultures

Basic terms




Sexual orientation and behaviour

Sexual orientation and behaviour are independent from gender identity; since both are often mentioned together or even confused, some relevant topics are mentioned here. The first article elaborates on this question.


Topics related to transitioning


Relating to medical treatment

Legal recognition


Classification and causes of transgenderism and transsexuality

Sexual diversity studies



Film and television


Transgender art and artists include:




Transgender people and religion

Transgender rights and history by country

Transgender discrimination

Gender-variant people or behaviour

Many other terms describe gender-variant people or behaviour, without the people being described necessarily being transgender:




  1. ^ Sally Hines; Tam Sanger, eds. (2010). Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity. Routledge. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-415-99930-4. 
  2. ^ "Free & Equal Campaign Fact Sheet: Intersex" (PDF). United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Arlene Istar Lev (2013). Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families. Routledge. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7890-0708-7. 
  4. ^ Ruthellen Josselson; Michele Harway, eds. (2012). Navigating Multiple Identities: Race, Gender, Culture, Nationality, and Roles. Oxford University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-19-973207-4. 
  5. ^ American Psychiatric Association (1957). The American Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 113, Part 2. p. 586. 
  6. ^ "Ryan Cassata – the Artist and Activist |". 
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