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Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth. Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another identify as transsexual. Transgender, often shortened as trans, is also an umbrella term; in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may also include people who are non-binary or genderqueer. Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or else conceptualize transgender people as a third gender. The term transgender may be defined very broadly to include cross-dressers. The term transgender does not have a universally accepted definition, including among researchers.

Being transgender is distinct from sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual (straight), homosexual (gay or lesbian), bisexual, asexual, or otherwise, or may decline to label their sexual orientation. The opposite of transgender is cisgender, which describes persons whose gender identity matches their assigned sex. Accurate statistics on the number of transgender people vary widely, in part due to different definitions of what constitutes being transgender. Some countries, such as Canada, collect census data on transgender people. Transgender occurrence is generally found in less than 1% of the worldwide population, with figures ranging from <0.1% to 0.6%.

The degree to which individuals feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance and accept their genuine identity has been called transgender congruence. Many transgender people experience gender dysphoria, and some seek medical treatments such as hormone replacement therapy, sex reassignment surgery, or psychotherapy. Not all transgender people desire these treatments, and some cannot undergo them for financial or medical reasons.

Many transgender people face discrimination in the workplace and in accessing public accommodations and healthcare. In many places, they are not legally protected from discrimination. (Full article...)

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The Transgender Pride Flag, created by American transgender woman Monica Helms in 1999, and first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, in 2000

This article addresses the history of transgender people in the United States from prior to western contact until the present. There are a few historical accounts of transgender people that have been present in the land now known as the United States at least since the early 1600s. Before Western contact, some Native American tribes had third gender people whose social roles varied from tribe to tribe. People dressing and living differently from their sex assignment at birth and contributing to various aspects of American history and culture have been documented from the 17th century to the present day. In the 20th and 21st centuries, advances in sex reassignment surgery as well as transgender activism have influenced transgender life and the popular perception of transgender people in the United States.

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Nicole Amber Maines is an American actress and transgender rights activist. Prior to her acting career, she was the anonymous plaintiff in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court case Doe v. Regional School Unit 26, in which she argued her school district could not deny her access to the female bathroom for being transgender. The court ruled in 2014 that barring transgender students from the school bathroom consistent with their gender identity is unlawful, the first such ruling by a state court.

As an actress, Maines played Nia Nal on The CW superhero series Supergirl (2018–2021) in the fourth through sixth seasons. She is the first to portray a transgender superhero on television.

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  • 9 – Sarah McBride (1990), American transgender rights activist, politician and author
  • 11 – Quinn (1995), Canadian transgender non-binary soccer player and Olympic medallist
  • 12 – Cara Delevigne (1992), English gender-fluid model, singer, and actress
  • 12 – Bex Taylor-Klaus (1994), American non-binary actor
  • 13 – Jin Xing (1967), Chinese dancer, choreographer and actress
  • 14 – Arca (1989), Venezuelan singer, songwriter, producer
  • 17 – Rachel Pollack (1945), American author
  • 19 – Renee Richards (1934), American tennis player and ophthalmologist
  • 20 – Demi Lovato (1934), American non-binary singer and actress
  • 23 – Coccinelle (1931–2006), French actress, entertainer and singer
  • 24 – Marsha P. Johnson (1945–1992), American transgender rights activist
  • 27 – Kim Petras (1992), German singer songwriter
  • 28 – Andreja Pejić (1991), Bosnian-Australian transgender model and actress
  • 29 – Candis Cayne (1971), American actress
  • 31 – Caroline Cossey (1954), British model
  • 31 – Sara Ramirez (1975), Mexican-American non-binary actress and singer

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