Dating genderqueer person
Trans women are more common in media than trans men, whose existence is largely ignored by the mainstream despite statistically being equally common in Real Life.
When a Baleful Polymorph causes characters to get transformed into another sex though, it's almost always male characters getting stuck with female bodies — in other words, trans men.
Some transgender people have dysphoria on physical or social levels, and pursue medical means (e.g.
hormone replacement, surgery, etc.) to help mitigate this discomfort.
This questioning has led many well-known men to adamantly defend their heterosexuality and has tarnished the reputation and careers of others.
It sounds like silliness on the surface, but often times when gossip blogs are the public’s only exposure to trans women, it spreads misinformation, validates stereotypes and causes irreparable damage.
The demarcation between gender, sex, gender expression and orientation is also subject to constant historical and cultural shifts in perspective — the realisation that these are different things with only some overlapping points is slowly seeping into our modern narratives.
There's a general craving by most of the trans community for more representation of them as just regular people — just like not every female character's story has to be about battling sexism or traditional gender roles, some trans people too would like to see themselves depicted in all traditional narratives.Despite the trope name, it is very important to note that the currently preferred term is transgender, not transsexual.The language around trans discourse changes very rapidly, due to being de-pathologised and re-written by trans people themselves instead of by outside onlookers.Others don't pursue medical treatment for various reasons — for example, because they don't experience discomfort, because transitioning socially is enough for them, or because no available medical options fit their gender.
Since medical science has only been able to alleviate dysphoria for about a century, the vast majority of transgender people in history did not have the option to change their bodies, and many today still don't have access to medical transitioning options.
I’ve stood witness to many so-called scandals, mostly published on gossip blogs, where passing interactions with trans women spawn hundreds of headlines, particularly for a man with fame and social capital.