Provided by the H.A.V.E.N. Program
The terminology surrounding those who move beyond their assigned sex and gender to express their inner selves is convoluted and the subject of much debate, both from among those who identify as non-binary gendered/sexed and those who are cisgender and cissexual. The resources provided below provide a starting place to see how these terms have been defined in current literature and to consider how they might relate to yourself. Please remember there is no "right" definition for these identities and you are free to adjust them accordingly. With the exception of "Gender & Sexual Minority Commonly Used Terminology", which is the H.A.V.E.N. Glossary, the links provided below are to the current definitions of transsexual individuals as they are currently perceived in society, despite their glaring inaccuracies in representing the individuals who identify by those terms.
Gender & Sexual Minority Commonly Used Terminology
This glossary, provides an overview of terms used by individuals in the Gender and Sexual Minority community. Definitions of note include transgender, transsexual and
transition. They are a perfect starting point for someone new to the terminology used among Gender and Sexual Minorities.
Merriam Webster Online Dictionary (Transsexual)
This dictionary reinforces the inaccurate notion that sex is a male/female binary and that someone is only transsexual if they have a strong need to medically transition.
This resource is provided to demonstrate the wide lack of knowledge about transsexual and transgender issues in society.
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
Trying to group transgender individuals and transsexual individuals under the term transsexual this source mistakenly states that to be transsexual the conflict between
an individual's sex and their sense of self must be constant.
Oxford English Dictionary (Transsexual)
This historic definition focuses on the way transsexuality can cause dissonance between an individuals mind and body. Additionally this definition uses gender and sex interchangeably.