Language can be a battlefield for some people, so it's important to have an understanding of what it means to be transgender, and the terms associated with the community. The best and most respectful way of knowing how to address someone, is by just asking them. Try to avoid getting into the intimate details of the bodies and lives. Trans people have the right to privacy and personal space. Not all transgender people want to be advocates, some just want to live an honest and rewarding life. Try to remember to give people the space to breathe and live.
Thank you for coming to TRANZGENDR. Seeking answers from the community and not from some science website, is a big step forward in really understanding what it means to be transgender. What it truly means to be transgender cannot be found in these definitions, it's found in every story told on TRANZGENDR.