A person born into one sex who crosses over into the other, requiring sex surgery to change the sex organs, and being fully trained into the gender role of that sex. The ideal for many transsexuals is to pass completely and imperceptibly into the other sex and gender. Transsexualism was invented as a clinical phenomenon during the mid-twentieth century, but it is of great sociological interest in the study of gender and deviance. See also transvestism.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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