Individuals who have undergone and completed sex reassignment surgery are sometimes referred to as transsexed individuals; however, the term transsexed is not to be confused with the term transsexual, which can also refer to individuals who have not yet undergone SRS, and whose anatomical sex (still) does not match their psychological sense of personal gender identity.
The terms gender dysphoria and gender identity disorder were not used until the 1970s, "Transsexualism" was replaced in the DSM-IV by "gender identity disorder in adolescents and adults".
but this view is controversial, and others argue that merely having some medical procedures does not have such far-reaching consequences as to put those who have them and those who have not (e.g.
because they cannot afford them) into such distinctive categories.
For instance, it is difficult to decide whether a transman erotically attracted to males is a heterosexual female or a homosexual male; or a transwoman erotically attracted to females is a heterosexual male or a lesbian female.
These labels thereby ignore the individual’s personal sense of gender identity taking precedence over biological sex, rather than the other way around." Psychologist Stephen T.
Another reason for objecting to the term transsexual is the concern that it implies something to do with sexuality, when it is actually about gender identity.
For example, Christine Jorgensen, the first person widely known to have sex reassignment surgery (in this case, male-to-female), rejected transsexual and instead identified herself in newsprint as trans-gender, on this basis.
Harry Benjamin said in 1966: ..seems evident that the question "Is the transsexual homosexual?
" must be answered "yes" and " no." "Yes," if his anatomy is considered; "no" if his psyche is given preference. "No" if reason and common sense are applied and if the respective patient is treated as an individual and not as a rubber stamp.