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Hijras in Panchsheel Park-New Delhi. circa 1994.

Transgender is an umbrella term applied to people and behaviors which diverge from those of normative two-gender roles (male and female), usually assigned at birth. Transgender refers to the state of one's gender identity (male, female, or various other identities) and not to sexual identities, a common misunderstanding.

Transgender identities and expression have been a fixture of culture since antiquity. One example is South Asian, where Hijras (pictured at right) are considered members of a third gender.

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Transitioning is the process of changing genders - the idea of what it means to be female or male. Transitioning may happen where a person's gender identity is different to their assigned sex. Cross-dressers and drag queens and drag kings tend not to transition permanently. Though they have a lot in common, transitioning is unique to each person.

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Commemoration of Comptom's Cafeteria Riot
Credit: Bill Wilson
On hand to commemorate the Compton's Cafeteria Riot, Chief Heather Fong (left), the first San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) female chief of police; Theresa Sparks (center), first ever transgender police commissioner; and Sgt. Stephan Thorne, the first transgender SFPD police officer.

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I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn't who I am.

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Christine Jorgensen (born George William Jorgensen, Jr. 30 May 1926 in The Bronx, New York City, USA; died 3 May 1989) was famous in the USA for having been the first widely-known individual to have sex reassignment surgery—in this case, male to female.

The second child of George William Jorgensen Sr., a carpenter and contractor, and his wife, the former Florence Davis Hansen, Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx and later described herself as having been a "frail, tow-headed, introverted little boy who ran from fistfights and rough-and-tumble games".

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