10 Myths About Being Transgender That Are Not True

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that Laverne Cox is the most famous transgender celebrity out there at the moment. Even if you’re not familiar with her amazing performance in Orange Is The New Black, you’ve definitely seen her face at least once these last few weeks. Laverne recently made history as the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and so she’s been showing up on a bunch of different talk shows. No complaining here – Laverne is smart, funny, talented, and seems very gracious and nice as well. I love watching her interviews!

But despite all of the great press she’s been getting, Laverne has still had frustrating moments. This past week, she was on The Wendy Williams Show, where she was asked a whole bunch of annoying questions about being transgender that I’m sure she’s really sick of answering. She also showed up on Katie Couric’s talk show Katie to talk things over – the last time she was on the show, Katie focused way too much on Laverene’s physical transformation, and this time, the two had an open conversation about what could be learned from that.

There’s nothing wrong with being curious about what being transgender means. But it’s also important to educate yourself about the subject. In celebration of LGBTQ month (we already did myths about bisexuals!), here are 10 myths about being transgender that aren’t true. Do your research before you inadvertently offend anyone!

Which of these myths were you confused about? Which myths did I forget? Which myth do you think is the most offensive? Tell me in the comments.


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  • ImmuneSubstance

    I am a MtF transgender person. I don’t totally get where you’re coming from and I don’t know if I might agree with you or not, but one thing I can say that I don’t always love is that sites and other places are a bit harsh on people for having trouble getting their mind around the idea or being comfortable with us.

    Being accepted by other women is one of the most relieving and joyful experiences I’ve had in my life, but it’s not something I feel like I can consider mandatory for everyone I encounter. We’re trained very deeply and very early in all these cues and ways of judging one another on various things, including (or maybe especially) masculinity/femininity. If someone is having issues with how they process the idea of transgender people, or how they feel about an individual trans person, it makes me happy if they want to examine the reasons for that and take some time for introspection, but I don’t think they should feel like a terrible person for not already being on board with everything, especially if their intent is to be open minded.

    Personally, if I could get people bothered enough to critically examine what gender means to them, and where their ideas about it are coming from, and be more in touch with how they feel in their heart, I would consider that a wonderful thing regardless of how they feel about me. (Though ultimately if they can see me as a woman, inasmuch as anyone’s ‘self’ really has a gender outside of the realm of social consciousness, it would make me feel pretty great.)

  • Kira Nightshade

    Contrary to popular belief, trans people can be gay. sexual orientation and gender identity are separate. Though, a lot of crap comes with being both until surgery, though relationships are probably awkward until you are comfortable with yourself anyway.

  • anonymous

    My brother is transgender–used to be my sister. He says in kindergarten he knew something wasn’t right, and by 1st grade he figured it out that he was supposed to be a boy. Ever since then he dressed like a boy, altered his name to be more boyish, he looked like a boy, many people thought he was a boy. After high school he entered the sex change program, had surgery to remove his breasts, chose a new name, and now he is quite happy being a man. He even got married! Then divorced, then married again, this time a perfect match. Personality-wise she’s a perfect match, they get along great. I’ve also heard rumors she’s “bi” — but honestly I’ve never had the guts to ask about their sex life! They are very happy together. And he’s all guy. If you saw him you’d never know he was missing certain parts. He says that was the only difficult part of dating, that early on he had to divulge that he was transgender. But he lives in the San Francisco area where apparently no one is surprised to hear that. He made a lot of friends! And eventually he met the love of his life, and she hers.

    There was an awkward period early on for a year or two when I kept accidentally saying “she” instead of “he”, because I initially knew him as a “her”, but now he’s all “guy”, I identify him as a “he”, there is no “she” about him, it doesn’t even make sense to think that. He’s all guy, and actually one of the most wonderful well adjusted people I know. (I actually think he’s better adjusted and more successful than I am, but that’s more a comment about my own self-perception of myself. He helps me along when I stumble.)

  • Lucy

    It teally bothers me the fact that people are trying to convice everyone that being transgender is something natural and normal.I accept that someone can be transgender and I’m fine with it but act like it’s something usual or normal because it’s not.

    • Lucy


  • Hailey

    I’m absolutely loving the LGBTQ posts this month. People don’t know enough about transgender people. There definitely isn’t enough trans representation in the media, but even less than that is ftm (female-to-male) transgenders. Out of all the pictures in this, only one was ftm and that makes me really sad. When trans people are mentioned it always seems to be a woman who was born a man, not a man who was born a woman.

    • Chloe

      I saw at least two, possibly three ftm…