Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same. Because its meaning is not precise or widely understood, be careful when using it with audiences who may not understand what it means. What does it mean to be transgender? Trans Coalition, 44 percent of those who identified health as one of their top priorities said that access to transgender-sensitive healthcare was their most significant need. Identity Documents — The widespread lack of accurate identity documents among transgender people can have an impact on every area of their lives, including access to emergency housing or other public services.
This diagnosis is often misinterpreted as implying that transgender people suffer from GID; this misinterpretation has greatly confused transgender people and those who seek to either criticize or affirm them. Beyond facing barriers to obtaining medically-necessary health services and encountering medical professionals who lacked transgender health care competency, the NTDS found that almost 20 percent of respondents had been refused medical care outright because of bias. Third-wave and contemporary feminism are generally more supportive of transgender people. Gender Identity A person's internal, deeply held sense of their gender. If you're unsure which pronoun a person uses, listen first to the pronoun other people use when referring to that person.