There are a number of people of both sexes in the United
Kingdom whose gender identity (their sense of being a man or a
woman) does not match their appearance and / or
People who, with medical advice and support, decide to
permanently adopt the opposite gender to the one assigned at birth
are known as ‘transsexual people’.
There are also a significant number of people who adopt an
opposite gender role without formal medical involvement. These are
known as ‘transgender’ people.
The term ‘transgender’ is also used (along with ‘trans’) as an
umbrella term referring to everyone whose gender presentation
doesn’t entirely tally with the role originally expected according
to the sex identified at birth.
National Support Organisations
NHS information for gender dysphoria and related conditions.
Providing support and advice to children and teenagers (under 19)
about gender identity issues.
Providing support to adults who are transsexual, gender dysphoric,
transgender and anyone whose lives are affected by gender identity
Families and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays - FFLAG
Offering support to parents, families, straight partners and
friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.