A straight-identified teen wonders if having an FtM female to male transgender partner means that she is a lesbian. Figuring out your sexual orientation is complicated for a lot of people, but for someone with a transgender partner , this can raise even more questions. As a teen with an FtM female to male transgender writes, "I just turned 18 a couple days ago. I have been dating an FtM for about five months but just found out that he is an FtM yesterday. I still am in love with him, but I feel like if I keep dating him then I'm a lesbian. Is this true?
Back in the 's, lesbian and gay organizations started adding transgender people to their missions. It seemed to be a reasonable expansion -- transgender people face many of the same prejudices that gay people do. But much like the general population, most people in the gay and lesbian community did not understand that, while the prejudices were similar, the underlying issue is quite different. Many still don't understand this. So when the missions were expanded, many gays and lesbians innocently continued saying that their organizations "serve the needs of all gay Americans.
Sexual attraction to transgender people has been the subject of scientific study and social commentary. Psychologists have researched attraction toward trans women , cross dressers , non-binary people, or a combination of these. Natal males attracted to transgender people primarily identify as heterosexual and sometimes as bisexual , but rarely as homosexual.
Historically, studies assumed that transgender sexuality might be distinct from traditional human sexuality. For much of the 20th century, what was described as "transsexualism" was believed to be sexual in nature,   and so was defined along these terms. Like other people, transgender people exhibit the full range of possible sexual orientations and interests,  including the potential for a lack of sexual attraction. Historically, clinicians labeled trans people as heterosexual or homosexual relative to their sex assigned at birth.