transgender is an umbrella term that describes those who have a gender thats different from the sex assigned at birth. Transsexual is a more specific term that fits under this umbrella, but it. transgender, then, unlike transsexual is a multifaceted term. One example of a transgendered person might be a man who is attracted to women but also identifies as a cross-dresser. Other examples include people who consider themselves gender nonconforming, multigendered, androgynous, third gender, and two-spirit people. Transsexual although they both refer to gender identity, transgender and transsexual are terms with distinct meanings. That they are often used interchangeably has led to some confusion. In most cases, a transgender woman is a woman who was designated (also commonly referred to as assigned) male at birth but who identifies as a woman. A transsexual is a person who physically transitions from male to female or vice versa. He or she might take hormones to suppress the characteristics of the biological gender or promote the characteristics of the desired gender. I see a lot of people recently taking back the term transsexual and using it to self describe. Heck even recently the man, the myth, the legend buck angel himself made a post on twitter. i discuss the differences between transsexuals and transgenders, and face the consequences of opposing main stream trans activism. A transsexual is a person who feels he or she belongs to the oppopposite sex, and has a desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex. transgender is defined as the person or group of individuals who do not agree to their original gender and are more interested in the ways and actions of the other gender. Transvestite is defined as people who like to dress up like the opposite sex, and it can be said that the word is exclusive to men who like to dress up like a woman. The term transsexual was introduced to english in 1949 by david oliver cauldwell and popularized by harry benjamin in 1966, around the same time transgender was coined and began to be popularized. Since the 1990s, transsexual has generally been used to refer to the subset of transgender people who desire to transition permanently to the gender with which they identify and who seek medical assistance (for example, sex reassignment surgery) with this.