However, “transvestite” more accurately refers to a person who cross-dresses from time to time for pleasure.
Transvestites, or “cross-dressers,” do not necessarily identify with a gender different from the gender associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.
Bisexual: The sexual orientation of a person who is sexually and romantically attracted to both women and men.
Cisgender An adjective used to describe the gender identity of people whose birth sex (the sex they were declared to have upon birth) conforms to their lived and/or perceived gender (the gender that they are most comfortable with expressing or would express, if given a choice).
In the United States, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) replaced “Gender Identity Disorder” with “Gender Dysphoria” in 2013 to avoid the stigma associated with “disorder.” Gender Expression: The external characteristics and behaviors that societies define as “feminine,” “androgynous,” or “masculine,” including such attributes as dress appearance, mannerisms, hair style, speech patterns, and social behavior and interactions.
Gender Identity: A person’s internal, deeply felt sense of being female or male, both, or something other than female and male.
It is therefore inaccurate to describe Malaysia’s mak nyahs as “transvestites.” However, some transvestites may identify as transgender.
Assigned sex: The classification of bodies at birth as male or female, based on such factors as external sex organs, internal sexual and reproductive organs, hormones, and chromosomes.LGBT: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender; an inclusive term for groups and identities sometimes also grouped as "sexual and gender minorities." Mak Nyah: A Malay term which derives from “mak” (mother), coined by transgender Malaysians to refer to transgender women.Men who have sex with men (MSM): Men who engage in sexual behavior with other men, but do not necessarily identify as "gay," "homosexual," or "bisexual." Pengkid: A term, mostly used by ethnic Malays, to refer variously to Malay girls and women who dress in a masculine way, use gender neutral or ambiguous names, bind their chests, are in romantic relationships with women, or are butch lesbians, or transmen.Most people identify as either female or male, though some may identify as both, or neither.If someone is labeled “female” at birth but identifies as male, he is a transgender man (or transman).Cross-dressing: The act of wearing clothing and other accoutrements commonly associated with the opposite sex within a particular society.