Transition is a complex process that occurs over a long period of time, and the steps involved in transition will vary from person to person.

One of the most common misunderstandings about transgender individuals is that they are all the same. How they transition, the degree to which they transition, the timing and pace, and how they express their identity all vary tremendously. This article is not a list of all the options, but it can be helpful to understand transitioning as rough categories rather than one event or path.


There is tremendous misunderstanding (and often misinformation) about what transition means. Assumptions and beliefs are often influenced by political rhetoric and legal concerns. It is important to be well-informed, because the type and degree of transition your child pursues can vary enormously. This is a long and gradual process that may transpire over years. Let your child make their wishes known and options can be chosen in consultation with your child, your family, and your physicians and counselors.