Who is a Transman?

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A transman is a man who was assigned female at birth. The label of transgender man is not always interchangeable with that of transsexual man, although the two labels are often used in this way. Many trans men choose to undergo surgical or hormonal transition, or both to alter their appearance in a way that aligns with their gender identity. Trans men are often termed as the minority within the minority, because the narrative around the trans experience is centred around trans women. While hijras have a community, a safe space that they can turn to, trans men often do not have one and don’t know others experiencing Gender Dysphoria like they are. Violence and corrective rape are common among trans men in India, but The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 only mentions the word ‘trans-man’ once and does not address any specific issues that the community faces. Government officials have often refused to change a transman’s sex in their documentation because according to them, the rule only applies to the Hijra community.