Transgender or trans is a broad umbrella term for describing persons whose gender identity is different from the biological sex assigned to them at birth. Some terms used by the local trans community to describe themselves include male-to-female (MTF), female-to-male (FTM), assigned female at birth (AFAB), assigned male at birth (AMAB), trans woman, trans man.
Gender identity is often confused with gender expression and sexual orientation. A transgender person may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, queer, pansexual or asexual, or may use other words to describe their own orientation and attraction. These are all different for different people, and best explained on this website called It's Pronounced Metrosexual.
Click here for our resource guide for the transgender community. We have also found this series of booklets by the Asia-Pacific Trans Network (APTN) to be especially useful too. There’s also a useful article here about understanding people who identify as gender non-binary.
LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES
The following local community resources are trans-led or trans-affirming:
TransgenderSG.com Website by trans people providing a useful local resource for trans people.
The T Project Dedicated shelter for the homeless transgender community. Also runs the Alicia Community Centre, which offers various services for the transgender community, including counselling and other resources.
Project X Community-based organisation working to advocate the rights of sex workers of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
Trans* It Trans-led peer group to support trans* identified individuals in their lives.
SG Butterfly Singapore's first transgender community portal, run as a forum.
Pelangi Pride Centre LGBTQ library, community space and resource centre run entirely by volunteers. 'Pelangi' is the Malay word for rainbow, since Malay is the national language of Singapore. The centre was started in 2003 by a group of friends.
The following local community resources are youth-led and LGBTQ-affirming:
Young Out Here Youth support group programme providing a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ youths, to build social support between its participants by sharing of experiences and opinions.
Inter-University LGBT Network Network for organisations in Singapore universities to collaborate in fostering safer and more inclusive school communities for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.