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The label of transgender male is not interchangeable with that of transsexual male although the two are often combined or mistaken for the same thing. The difference is that while transgender males identify with the male gender identity, transsexual males may intend to undergo physical changes to align their body with their gender identity. A transgender male is someone whose gender identity is male, but who does not necessarily change himself physically. Transgender is independent of sexual orientation; A trans man may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, etc.; some may consider conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable to them.
The term "trans man" is used as a short form for either identity (transsexual man and transgender man). Trans men may identify as transsexual, as transgender, neither, or both. "Transgender man" is an umbrella term that may include anybody who was assigned female at birth, or afab but identifies as male. For instance, some androgynous, bigender, and genderqueer people might identify as transgender.
The term "transsexual" originated in the medical and psychological communities. However, unlike the term transgender, transsexual is not an umbrella term, and many transgender people do not identify as such. Transsexual is a term for afab people who feel their sex organs didn't reflect their gender and have chosen to change some aspect of their body. It is generally considered to be an outdated term. .
The FTM community has coined the phrase transfag to describe a trans man attracted to other men. However, this phrase is still controversial because of its previous usage as a derogatory slur directed towards trans women.
Originally, the term "trans men" referred specifically to female-to-male transsexual people who underwent hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and/or surgery. In recent years, the definition of "transition" has broadened to include theories of psychological development or complementary methods of self-acceptance.
Transsexual men may seek medical interventions such as hormones and surgery to make their bodies as congruent as possible with their gender presentation. However, many transgender and transsexual men cannot afford or choose not to undergo surgery or hormone replacement therapy.
Many who have not undergone top surgery choose to bind their breasts. There are a few different methods of binding, including using sports bras and specially made binders (which can be vest-type, or wrap-around style). Tape or bandages, although often depicted in popular culture, should never be used for binding as they tighten with wear and compress the ribcage, and could result in injury.
Some trans men might also decide to pack, to create a male like bulge in the crotch of clothing. However, this is not universal. Trans men who decide to pack may use anything from rolled up socks to specially made packers, which resemble a man's penis. Some packers are also created for trans men to be able to urinate through them (stand-to-pee, or STP, devices).
Transitioning might involve some or all of the following steps:
- Social transition: name change, wearing clothing seen as gender appropriate, disclosure to family, friends and usually at the workplace
- Sex reassignment therapy: hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and/or surgery
- Legal affirmation: name and (sometimes) sex marker correction in legal identification documents. Being socially accepted as male (sometimes known as passing) may be challenging for trans men who have not undergone HRT and/or surgery. Some trans men may choose to present as female in certain social situations (e.g. at work). After physical transition, trans men usually live full-time as male.
Notable trans men
- Buck Angel, an adult film actor and director
- Ben Barres, an American neurobiologist who teaches at Stanford University
- Thomas Beatie, an American advocate for transgender rights. Also became famous as the "pregnant man".
- Chaz Bono, American author and activist, the only child born out of the marriage of musicians Sonny Bono and Cher
- Willmer "Little Ax" Broadnax (1916–1994), an African-American hard gospel quartet singer
- Balian Buschbaum, German pole vaulter
- Alec Butler, Canadian playwright and filmmaker
- Mauro Cabral, trans and intersex advocate, and co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality
- Meryn Cadell, Canadian singer, writer and performance artist
- Patrick Califia, writer and poet
- Loren Cameron, American photographer, author and activist
- Ryan Cassata, American Singer-songwriter, public speaker and transgender activist
- Harry Leo Crawford, Australian convicted murderer and victim of a miscarriage of justice born Eugenia Falleni 
- Aaron Devor, Canadian sociologist and sexologist
- Michael Laurence Dillon (1915–1962), physician and author
- Robert Eads (1945–1999), subject of documentary Southern Comfort
- Reed Erickson (1917–1992), businessman and philanthropist
- Tyler Ford, actor/singer featured on The Glee Project
- Jack Bee Garland (1869–1936), American journalist, nurse, and adventurer
- Alexander John Goodrum (1960–2002), an African American transgender civil rights activist
- Jamison Green, writer and educator
- Alan L. Hart (1890–1962), an American physician who pioneered the use of x-ray photography in tuberculosis detection, and helped implement TB screening programs
- Ian Harvie, American stand-up comedian
- Katastrophe (Rocco Katastrophe Kayiatos) Homo-Hop MC
- Andreas Krieger, German shot putter
- Shannon Minter, attorney
- Ryan Sallans, Trans-activist and public speaker
- Lucas Silveira, rock musician.
- Lou Sullivan (1951–1991), American author, biographer and founder of FTM International
- Brandon Teena (1972–1993), a victim of a hate crime, subject of the film Boys Don't Cry
- Billy Tipton (1914–1989), an American jazz pianist and saxophonist
- Del Lagrace Volcano, performer and photographer
- Max Wolf Valerio, poet, writer and performer
- Stephen Whittle OBE, PhD., Professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, and an active member of the United Kingdom TransActivist organisation Press for Change
- Kortney Ryan Ziegler PhD., Filmmaker and scholar
- Cidny Bullens, American singer/songwriter/recording artist
- My Dearest Senorita, 1972, Spain, drama
- Just Call Me Kade, 2002, USA, documentary 
- Boys Don't Cry, 1999, USA, drama (based on real story)
- Southern Comfort, 2001, USA, documentary
- TransGeneration, 2005, USA, documentary miniseries
- Transparent, 2006, USA, documentary
- Pick Up the Mic, 2006, USA, documentary (features two FTM artists)
- Gender Rebel, 2006, USA, documentary
- Mom, I Didn't Kill Your Daughter, 2007, Israel, documentary
- Enough Man, 2006, USA, documentary 
- Boy I Am, 2006, USA, documentary 
- Pregnant Man, 2008, USA, documentary about Thomas Beatie in the final weeks of his pregnancy and the birth of his first child, Susan
- My Friend from Faro, 2008, Germany, drama
- STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen, 2008, USA, documentary about black trans men
- Gender Resignner, 2010, documentary
- Becoming Chaz, 2011, USA, documentary about Chaz Bono's transition
- Tomboy, 2011, France, drama
- Romeos, 2011, Germany, drama
- Facing Mirrors, 2011, Iran, drama
- Methods of passing as male
- Trans woman
- List of transgender-related topics
- List of transgender people
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