What’s the T in LGBT?

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Hi #GYNEGirls!

It’s me Dr. Drai – your FAV OBGYN! I’m sitting on my couch watching re-runs of Rupaul’s Drag Race. I finally learned how to use the DVR…LOL! Hunni this show gives me LIFE! I learn ALL of my makeup tips from these gurls. Don’t hate! Just to let you know #GYNEGirls, Rupaul’s Drag Race is NOT a transgender pageant. You ladies are still SO SO confused.  Do you know what the word Transgender actually means? Let me give you the medical T (TIP) on this.

There’s no time to be close-minded with this topic ladies. While exact numbers are unknown, roughly 700,000 or 1 out of every 330 Americans identify as transgender. This term is used for a person whose gender is different from their sex. Confusing right?

Do you know the difference between gender and sex?

Let me break THAT down, too. Sex is assigned to you at birth- male or female or intersex (if you have both parts) based on your anatomy (genitalia). Gender is how a person expresses themselves- masculine or feminine or androgynous. You can think of gender as how the person feels on the inside. There’s a mismatch in transgender people- the sex doesn’t match the gender.  Hence transgender … GET IT? Contrary to popular belief, transgender people are not like Rupaul- a drag queen. Drag Queens (or KINGS chile) dress up like a woman to entertain you darling. That’s the DIFFERENCE!

A transgender person can be transwoman (assigned sex is male but gender is female/ M to F) or transman (assigned sex is female but gender is male/ F to M).

Let’s take this even further. Sexual orientation reflects who a person is attracted to- same sex or opposite sex or both! You can’t assume who a transgender person is attracted to. Some can be what we consider “straight”, gay/lesbian, or bisexual. If a transman is attracted to women, he is considered straight. If a transwoman is attracted to women, she is considered a lesbian. If a transman is attracted to both men and women, then he is bisexual.

#GYNEGirls-So now you know what’s the T in LGBT!

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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  • Veronica Ruggiero

    Thank you, Dr. Drai, for this thoughtful analysis. Too many people are STILL so confused about what being transgender means. I hate the discrimination that exists in this world, but It’s due to the fact that most people are still way too under educated. My bestfriend is transgender; he never chose it, he doesn’t have a mental issue, and he’s not a, “freak”. He has gotten beaten up over it way too many times, and my heart breaks for him. It’s people like you who educate others, and hopefully someday this world will be kinder.

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