Why do some men prefer to live the lives of women and vice versa? A good starting point to understanding the world of transsexuals, is to understand the differences between gender, anatomical sex and sexual orientation.
A person’s gender is actually independent of their anatomical sex. For most people, their gender matches their anatomical sex and they rarely think about the difference between the two concepts. But when an individual’s gender does not match their anatomical sex and this disparity causes emotional problems, the person is said to be gender conflicted.