Crossdresser: Person who enjoys wearing clothes identified with the opposite gender on a temporary basis. Gender Identity: One's internal sense of being male or female.
Gender Dysphoria: Psychological term describing the feelings of pain, anguish, and anxiety when gender identity and physical sex do not match
Intersexed: Those born with ambiguous genitalia.
Hermaphrodites: Born with both ovarian & testicular tissues.
Male to Female Sex Reassignment surgery: Surgeon turns the penis inside out to build a vagina, removes the testes, and reroutes the urethra. A rigid dilator is used multiple times a day for months to keep the new vagina open. Cost approximately $13,000 and up in the US and $7,000 in Canada.
Female to Male surgery: Usually includes several surgeries including mastectomy, full hysterectomy, Closure of the vagina and construction of a neopenis and scrotum. Cost $25,000 to $ 100,000.
Transgendered: People questioning their gender identity which differs from their physical sex. May include crossdressers, transsexuals, intersexed and others as an umbrella term.
Transsexual: A person whose birth genitalia differ from their internal gender identity.