Transman refers to someone who was born biologically female but who identifies as female. This could involve a post-op transsexual, with or without phalloplasty, or at any stage in transition. It could more rarely refer to someone born with biologically ambiguous sex who unambiguously identifies as male.
A related question…when looking through the list of gender identifiers that Facebook now offers, I noticed that both “trans man” and “trans male” are options. Can someone explain to me the difference there? Is it a matter of difference in stage of reassignment, or is it personal preference, or something else?
In addition, what about “trans person”? Or “trans* male”?
There’s a lot of unnecessary fear going around, in reference to transsexuals. A trans man is no threat to the other men in the men’s room. A trans woman, likewise, has no interest in having sex with the other women in the women’s room.
Transman and transmale are used synonymously in my community. Lately trans* (with the asterisk) has started to take hold, and I really wish it wouldn’t.
Trans* with the star should only be used on its own. Technically it means “transperson, third sex**, transman, transwoman, transgender, transsexual, etc.” The use of it as “trans* male” seems to be a misunderstanding by someone.
Then again, local communities and groups develop their own lingo…and I’ve fallen afoul of that myself. Like Eve Golden expressed to me, even I am starting to get confused by the terms. I’ve actually been corrected by a cisgender person recently who told me I wasn’t a “transsexual,” I was “transgender.” I gave him a look, explained who I was, explained that he was wrong, and moved on.
** Which I really think is improperly grouped with the trans* collective term. Like how other intersex persons believe we shouldn’t be in the trans community (I differ; I’m intersex but I did go through a transition which had social, legal, and yes physical components).