When we talk about gender identity, we are referring to our own deeply felt experience of our own gender.
We can express our gender through the clothes we wear, our hair, our behaviour and in other ways.
While you are assigned a gender at birth, you might feel like who you are on the inside doesn’t match what other people see.
You may identify as ‘trans’ or ‘transgender’.
You may be male, or female, or your gender might not be completely one or the other.
Every individual is unique
Some trans people transition – that is, they go from living as one gender to living as another. This is completely up to what feels right for each individual.
Your gender identity may change over the course of your life, too. It’s ok to explore, to change your mind and to learn more about yourself.
Support is Available
It’s important that you know that whoever you are and however you feel, there is support available for you.
Childline is always here to listen. You can talk with Childline at any time of the day or night online, over the phone or by text.
The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) provides support for transgender and non-binary people of all ages.