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Gender diversity has existed throughout history and across cultures. There is a distinction between sex (the physical characteristics that identify individuals as male, female or intersex) and gender (an individual’s sense of being a man or a woman, or a combination of these). Gender-diverse people identify outside or across the social norms of ‘man’ or ‘woman’, and includes people who identify as transsexual and transgender.
Few members of Transgender Radio would consider themselves to be either a totally masculine male or a feminine female. The binary concepts of being a man or a woman have little relevance in this context. Rather than a case of boys wanting to be girls, we are a community seeking acceptance of our gender, no matter where it lies on the continuum between male and female.
A person’s sexual preference is independent of their gender identity. Gender identity is an individual’s sense of identity in relation to the categories of male and female. Sexuality, on the other hand, is an individual’s sexual, emotional and physical attraction, and desire towards another person. Gender diverse people may identify as heterosexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian and asexual.
There are a number of theories about why gender diverse people exist although there is not yet any real consensus. Sex and gender are complex issues. A huge variety of factors are at work in making each individual the person that they are, and there is probably no one reason that causes people feel the way they do about their gender. So the simple answer is that gender diversity is part of the rich variety that makes up the human community.