Why are some people transgender?

There is no definitive scientific answer to why some people are transgender.

Being transgender is not due to bad parenting, not going to church, or what a mother ate during pregnancy. All of these are misconceptions that the public leans on because they have little understanding of transgender people.

Gender identity, anatomical sex, and sexual orientation are determined while an individual is in the womb. Although the anatomy happens in the first six weeks, gender identity starts actualizing at around six months gestation. It is at this point that the brain feminizes or masculinizes.

A testosterone surge will stimulate the fetal brain to develop in a male direction. Without the surge, however, the fetal brain will develop towards a female direction. With transgender individuals, the genitals will not match the brain direction. Therefore, these individuals will feel trapped in a different body.


Monarch does not employ any provider and is not responsible for the conduct of any provider listed on our site. All information in member profiles, and messages are created from data provided by the providers and not generated or verified by Monarch. As a user, you need to perform your own diligence to ensure the provider you choose is appropriate for your needs and complies with applicable laws and licensure requirements. Monarch is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice.

Monarch assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable, for the quality or any other aspect of the services a provider may provide to you, nor will Monarch be liable for any act, omission or wrongdoing committed or allegedly committed by any provider.

Articles and information and assessments posted on Monarch are for informational purposes only, and it is not intended to diagnose or treat any health conditions. Treatment and diagnosis should be performed by an appropriate health care provider.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, DO NOT USE MONARCH. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, OR THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE OR HARMING YOURSELF OR OTHERS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY OR ANOTHER APPLICABLE EMERGENCY NUMBER.