Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does trans/transgender mean?
A. People whose gender identity (their sense of being a man or a woman) does not match their appearance and/or anatomy.
Q. Why are people trans?
A. Research suggests that it may be any (or any combination) of: genes, pre-birth conditions, hormones, neurology.
Q. How much does training cost?
A. Prices vary a number of things:
- whether you are an individual or an organisation accessing the course
- the number of people from an organisation attending the same course
- whether you require the OCN accreditation
- whether the training is delivered at your establishment or at GM Centre
Q. Do you charge for counselling?
A. No, but donations for this service are encouraged and appreciated.
Q. What type of social events do your organise?
A. We hold an annual ball and an annual Christmas party in addition to ad hoc events throughout the year. Please view Social Activities or access the calendar for up to date information.
Q. Can I volunteer or become a member?
A. We are always looking for additional volunteers to assist in day-to-day activities and new members are always welcome. Please view Volunteer Programme for more information
Q. How are transsexual individuals different from crossdressers?
A. Transsexual individuals feel that their gender identity does not coincide with the gender they were assigned at birth. They may undergo hormone treatments and gender confirmation surgeries to align their anatomy with their core identity, but not all desire or can afford to do so. Although crossdressers wear clothes that are considered by society to be inappropriate for their gender, they do not want to change their birth gender and generally do not alter their bodies through hormones or surgeries.
Q. Are Transgender'Trans People Gay?
A. Being transgender/trans is about gender identity and expression, not sexuality—these are different, though not entirely unrelated, concepts. For example, trans individuals are often perceived by society as lesbian or gay, and thus are discriminated against in similar ways.
Q. What Does “Genderqueer” Mean?
A. A relatively new term, “genderqueer” is used mainly by trans youth who identify as neither male nor female, as both, or as somewhere in between, and who often seek to blur gender lines.