Transgender: A person who identifies with another gender. They may take on a different name to represent this or change their pronoun. They may start wearing the clothes that people of the other gender usually wear or they may start wearing their hair in the way that people of the other gender usually do. Careful! Just because a person wears clothes or their hair like a person of another gender does not necessarily mean that they are transgender. Maybe they just like their clothes and their hair a certain way.
Asexuality is the sexual orientation where a person could admire the beauty of another but doesn’t find the person ‘hot’ – as in there is no desire to make out or have intimate sexual relations. There is simply no physical desire, which doesn’t mean that there is no desire to have an emotional connection. Wait! You may not be feeling any attraction to anyone right now- that does not necessarily mean that you are asexual.
Common Myths & Misconceptions
No, being queer is not a choice. The Indian Psychiatric Society has said that homosexuality is just another variant of human sexuality. The Supreme Court of India has said that one’s gender identity is as innate as whether one is left-handed or right- handed.
That is not true. Just because somebody is queer does not mean that there is something wrong with their sexual organs. Anthropologist Serena Nanda has found tha most Hijras are born biologically male—with all functioning male organs.
Famous Queer People
Vikram Seth, Author
Ellen DeGeneres, TV Show Host
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
Ellen Page, Actress