Not everyone identifies as ‘male’ or ‘female’ or as a “man” or “woman”. Sometimes, people assume that being trans is about feeling you are the ‘opposite’ gender. This is true for some trans people, but not for others. This assumption makes things difficult for those who identify outside of ‘male’ or ‘female’, for example non-binary people. A non-binary person may need some different things to feel comfortable to, for example, a trans person who identifies as ‘male’.
A transgender person may transition socially i.e. going by a new name, wearing clothes traditionally associated with the opposite sex etc; and/or medically undergoing gender affirming treatment including taking hormones, puberty blockers or gender affirming surgery. Not every trans person will want to transition but may still like, or benefit from, ongoing support of some kind.
A wide range of gender identities fall under the transgender identity including non-binary, genderqueer and agender identities. There is no one way to look, act or live as a transgender person.
A full glossary of terms associated with the trans community can be found on Stonewall’s website.