What’s the T in LGBT?

By Dr. Drai
By Dr. Drai

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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