What Is Transitioning?
Transitioning refers to the process of adopting the physical characteristics of the opposite sex to change the way you look and feel and become a member of the gender you identify with. Transitioning can be done medically, socially, and legally. It can also refer to a female to male transition process, or vice versa.
Transitioning is a complex process and the experiences of transgenders vary from one person to another. Transgenders often begin transitioning by “coming out” – that is, verbalizing their preferred gender to people they feel safe with. They then start to make little changes in their behavior and may continue until they medically transition. Some transgenders do not medically transition while others do. There is no right or wrong way of transitioning.
What Are the Different Kinds of Transitioning?
Transitioning can be done medically, socially, and legally.
Medical transitioning involves the use of hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgical procedures. For example, females who want to be identified as males may receive testosterone therapy and surgical treatments such as a mastectomy to remove the breasts.
The term social transitioning refers to a change in an individual’s outward and physical appearance as well as the use of their preferred gender pronoun. Some examples of social transitioning include cross-dressing, changing hairstyles, and using the gender pronouns usually assigned to the opposite sex to refer to themselves. Social transitioning can also involve coming out to friends and family, and changing their name.