Gender Identity: Just the Facts
Gender identity is being a man, woman, boy, girl.
It has to do with your internal sense of self and how you choose to express yourself.
Transgender people are those whose physical and psychological gender is conflicted. For example, someone might be born male but feels they are actually female. This can be hard and most transgender people struggle with questions about the best way to live their lives. Some may decide to live as their biological sex; most however take hormones and/or undergo surgical procedures so they can be seen socially as their preferred gender.
For some young people coming to terms with the fact that they might be trans or gender variant can be very difficult. If you feel like this, remember that there are plenty of people who can help. They can talk things through with you and help you to explore and come to terms with the way you feel.
How to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
Find help in your local area
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.