Transsexuality was included for the first time in the DSM-III in 1980 and again in the DSM-III-R in 1987, where it was located under Disorders Usually First Evident in Infancy, Childhood or Adolescence.
Beyond Benjamin's work, which focused on male-to-female transsexual people, there are cases of the female to male transsexual, for whom genital surgery may not be practical.
The ability to get pregnant, have a period or lactate are not what determines if you are female in gender. I don't understand how getting to know someone before revealing personal information is life ruining.
Gender identity disorder is a medical condition, not a choice.
Transsexual people experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with, or not culturally associated with, their assigned sex, and desire to permanently transition to the gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance (including hormone replacement therapy and other sex reassignment therapies) to help them align their body with their identified sex or gender.
Transsexual is generally considered a subset of transgender, Dora R of Germany began a surgical transition, under the care of Magnus Hirschfeld, which ended in 1930 with a successful genital reassignment surgery.
There are a lot of cis women that can't get pregnant.
I have a girl friend that was born without a uterus, as a result she's never had a period, will never be pregnant, and with a little work even MEN can lactate.
Hopefully you will all have fun meeting singles and try out this online dating thing...
When he was 6 or 7 he was exploring the concept of gender, and dressed like a woman.
Lucky for him, I don't have the hateful attitude that some posters have in this thread --You made it seem like it was more than that in the past than him dressing up like a woman.
Another reason for objecting to the term transsexual is the concern that it implies something to do with sexuality, when it is actually about gender identity.
For example, Christine Jorgensen, the first person widely known to have sex reassignment surgery (in this case, male-to-female), rejected transsexual and instead identified herself in newsprint as trans-gender, on this basis.