For example, a transgender person may identify as a woman despite having been born with male genitalia. Nearly , adults in the United States identify as transgender, according to research by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. A person's internal sense of being male, female or something else is their gender identity. For cisgender, or non-transgender people, their gender identity matches their sex at birth.
This attraction can be a person's occasional, or exclusive interest. Like transgender people, individuals attracted to transgender people may identify as heterosexual , homosexual , bisexual , pansexual , or with none of these categories; they may identify as transgender or cisgender. There are a variety of terms, inside both the transgender and academic communities, for people who are attracted to transgender people. The term tranny chaser was originally and still predominantly used to describe men sexually interested in visibly trans women , but it is now used by some trans men as well. Transgender people often use the term in a pejorative sense, because they consider chasers to value them for their trans status alone, rather than being attracted to them as a person. Less pejorative terms such as transamorous and transsensual have also emerged, but they have not seen much usage. The term skoliosexual has been used to describe attraction to non-binary people.
This study examined the narratives of a sample of heterosexual men who had an occasional sexual encounter with a transgender woman to better understand how erotic desire was constructed. Open-ended qualitative interviews were conducted with 16 heterosexual men who reported at least one sexual encounter with a transgender woman in the previous 12 months. These themes reflected how the participants defined and negotiated their sexual encounters, both psychologically through their understanding of sex with a transgender woman with a penis, and physically through the navigation of specific sex acts. These narratives provided another framework for the continuing discourse on the complexity of erotic desire.
A leading blog on the science of sex, love, and relationships, written by social psychologist Dr. Justin Lehmiller. I'm assuming these men are all straight-identifying, but maybe that's just my gay-identifying bias.