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A transsexual is defined as a person whose sex is uncertain or who considers himself or herself as belonging to the opposite sex. It is also defined as a person with a psychological urge to belong to the opposite sex, which may be carried to the point of undergoing surgery to modify the sex organs to mimic the opposite sex. A transsexual usually believes that he or she is the result of a biological accident.

Transexualism may occur in a male or a female. The majority of transsexuals are males. The conditions and symptoms for the male may begin as early as childhood, about as early as age two. These symptoms may include the desire to be the opposite sex, dislike to their genitalia, belief of growing up as the opposite sex, preference of playmates from the opposite sex, rejection by peers, isolation, and depression. About seventy five percent of transsexual boys under the age of four have begun cross-dressing.

They often strongly despise competitive games and rough play. Playing with dolls may also start at this period. By age 5, the child may be aware of their gender disorder. At around age seven to eight social exclusion may began. Adults have similar symptoms. This includes the desire to be the opposite sex, belief they were born the wrong sex, dress like the opposite sex, isolation, depression, low self-esteem, and they may be heterosexual or homosexual.

Transexuality has been around for a long time. The only proof of transsexuals in paleolithic times is of aboriginal peoples still living with stone age technologies. They can be found in the forests of South Africa and the untouched lands in Africa. In these societies transsexuals are viewed as magical and possessed with powers brought from the gods. Every society in history has had...