Thank you for this article. I am also transgender and do not suffer from gender dysphoria. But my belief that gender dysphoria was a necessary component of transgender identity actually prevented me from further exploring this option. ‘I can’t be transgender.’ I thought, ‘I don’t have dysphoria.’ What I did have was an intense longing to be a woman that was with me every day of my life. Until I went to therapy in my forties to explore this desire, I never realized I was transgender.