Transgender population of the U.S. is small- estimates about 700,000 – 3 million
The term “transgender is an umbrella under which various groups fit.
It includes those that do not conform to normative gender rolls, but also includes transsexuals and cross-dressers
- Transsexuals are defined as a segment of the transgendered population who wish to live there
- lives as members of a of the opposite sex (opposite from their original biological sex) and who are at some stage of undergoing sexual reassignment
Cross-dressers or transvestites are individuals who choose to wear apparel of the opposite sex (either entirely or in part)
Difficult to determine if there exists a distinct transgender culture.
Those who comprise the transgender population is a small, extremely diverse subculture within the dominant culture who, because of unique social service needs.