Thanks go out to August Brown, friend of the comic and creator/artist of The End ( http://endcomic.com ) for his advice and feedback with this corner of the story... probably moreso than he realizes he gave and continues to give.
Edit: Please refrain from using the comments as a place to tell trans folk how offended they should or shouldn't be by which terms. Instead, listen to marginalized voices speaking on their own marginalization. Thanks.
Transgender refers to the person at large, while transsexual refers specifically to the fact that they are physically transitioning. so while you are correct, and so is Peter, typical use refers to them as transgender, as a transgendered person is trans, but not necessarily physically transitioning. Transgender is a more inclusive term and generally a better term to use overall.
there's also the idea that at a point you basically finish transitioning and are now transitioned, at which point you might not want to be referred to as transexual anymore, and are now simply transgendered.
Holy crap, was there just a respectful, informative, and non-hostile exchange of ideas and information on such a topic on a public internet forum? Great gadzooks, this may be a major milestone.
But in all seriousness, further proof that this community is fucking awesome and awesome fucking.
I hope to add to the discussion as a trans person. Transsexual is a bit of an archaic term nowadays and doesn't always indicate someone who is physically transitioning. Some older trans folks might still use it, but the younger crowd tends to use transgender as an overall term regardless of physical translation status. I think this page is reflective of that translation (hehehe, trans puns) of the terminology to reflect how it's shifted over time. Within the community and with individuals it varies, but if you're ever unsure it's good to say transgender or trans man/woman--or non-binary if someone isn't a trans man or woman.
BB is absolutely correct. It's more of a cultural shift. "Transsexual" is just too loaded with salacious connotations. Transgender is an accepted umbrella term for anyone who straddles the gender binary, but it is definitely the identifier of choice for the majority of we transmen and women.
I think the best general advice if to ask the person rather than to assume? Just like any other thing in life regarding identity, each person has a unique take. It may seem weird at first for many people but that's just because it's still a relatively new adjustment the greater population is adjusting to. As long as we practice new better and thoughtful habits, those will become more natural feeling to use over time. Keeping mindful view of the world on a personal level helps to eliminate that odd feeling for people trying to open their world view and learning to interact with people they may not have viewed as "normal" before or just never had interactions with before.
I knew it
I was wondering when we saw him the first time if he was a transguy, but maybe I immediatly noticed 'cause I'm one myself. I really like the way you drew him with the small sublte diffrences.