Pronouns and gender labels: Just like a name change, anyone can ask others to use specific pronouns when speaking about them (she/her, he/him) but this would not have any legal status.
It will again take time to get used to, especially as our family structures have lots of gendered labels: son/daughter, aunt/uncle, sister/brother etc.
Having to describe the child who was your son now as your daughter (or vice versa) can be very hard, even more so because you would only usually use such language when talking to others about your child. See our section on ‘what, when & how do I tell family & friends’
For more detailed information about changing legal documents such as a passport, please click here
Appearance: Our clothes, hair and make-up choices are a way for each of us to express ourselves as individuals. For trans individuals these are often relatively simple changes they can make to help express their gender identity.
Take another look at the Gender Unicorn where this is shown as ‘gender expression’ and is represented by a dotted line around the outside of the Gender Unicorn.
It can feel difficult to watch your child’s appearance change – but if possible, you may be able to get involved such as with a shopping trip together, which can help strengthen your relationship.