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Female to Male (FTM) Transman Transsexual
The label of transgender male is not interchangeable with that of transsexual male. The two are often combined or mistaken for the same thing. The difference being that while transgender males identify with the male gender identity, transsexual males also undergo a physical transformation to align their body with their gender identity. A transgender male is someone whose gender identity is male, but does not necessarily change themselves physically. (One can be transgender and transsexual, but not all transgender people are transsexual. Its also a matter of personal preference whether someone chooses to adopt those labels).
In the United States the ratio of trans men within the general population is unclear, but estimates range between 1:2000 and 1:100,000.
Drag Kings and Queens
Drag is a term applied to clothing and make-up worn on special occasions for performing or entertaining as a hostess, stage artist or at an event (e.g. Lypsinka). This is in contrast to those who cross-dress for other reasons or are otherwise transgender. Drag can be theatrical, comedic, or grotesque, and female-identified drag has been considered a caricature of women by second-wave feminism. Within the genre of drag are gender illusionists who do try to pass as another gender. Drag artists explore gender issues and have a long tradition in LGBT culture. Drag has been regarded as an area where transgender people can find more acceptance and financial support than mainstream work environments. Generally the terms drag queen covers men doing female drag, and drag king covers women doing male drag.
Sometimes, this is one way soem transmen come to terms and soem pays their ways to transitation.
A common symbol for the transgender community is the transgender pride flag, which was designed by Monica Helms, and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000.
The flag consists of five horizontal stripes, two light blue, two pink, with a white stripe in the center.
Monica describes the meaning of the flag as follows:
The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct. This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives.
Other transgender symbols include the butterfly (symbolizing transformation or metamorphosis), and a pink/light blue yin and yang symbol.
Publicly known trans men
Ben Barre, an American neurobiologist who teaches at Stanford University
Willmer "Little Ax" Broadax (1916–1994), an African-American hard gospel quartet singer
Chaz Bono, American author and activist
Balian Buschbaum, German pole vaulter
Alec Butler, Canadian playwright and filmmaker
Meryn Cadell, Canadian singer, writer and performance artist
Patrick Califia, writer and poet
Loren Cameron, American photographer, author and activist
Aaron Devor, Canadian sociologist and sexologist
Michael Laurence Dillon (1915–1962), physician and author
Robert Eads (1945–1999), subject of documentary Southern Comfort
Reed Erickson (1917–1992), businessman and philanthropist
William Leigh Freckles, known as Buck Angel, an adult film actor
Jack Bee Garland (1869–1936), American journalist, nurse, and adventurer
Alexander John Goodrum (1960–2002), an African American transgender civil rights activist
Jamison Green, writer & educator
Alan L. Hart (1890–1962), an American physician who pioneered the use of x-ray photograghy in tuberculosis detection, and helped implement TB screening programs
Ian Harvie, American stand-up comedian
Katastrophe (Rocco Katastrophe Kayiatos) emo-hop mc
Andreas Krieger, German shot putter
Shannon Minter, attorney
Rupert Raj, activist, psychotherapist, researcher, writer
Luacas Silveira, rock musician.
Lou Sullivan (1951–1991), American author, biographer and founder of FTM International
Brandon Teena (1972–1993), a victim of a hate crime, subject of the film Boys Don't Cry
Billy Tipton (1914–1989), an American jazz pianist and saxophonist
Del Lagrace Volcano, performer and photographer
Max Wolf Valerio, poet, writer and performer
Stephen Whittle OBE, PhD., Professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, and an active member of the United Kingdom TransActivist organisation Press for Change