transgender myths

"I didn't live my life as a girl," he says.
Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.
I began to write down what I thought people should know about transgenderism if it was their first foray into the area. If you were sitting in a room with me, and I was explaining what "transgender" means in the simplest terms possible, what would I say?