Attraction to transgender people is romantic or sexual attraction toward transgender people.
Attraction to transgender people can be toward trans men, trans women, non-binary people, or a combination of these.
This attraction can be a person's occasional, preferred, primary, or exclusive interest.
There are a variety of terms, inside both the transgender and academic communities, for people who are attracted to transgender people.
These terms include admirer, transfan, trans* catcher, trans* erotic, transsensual, tranny chaser, tranny hawk, though the final two may be considered offensive as they contain a slur.
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.
There is a tendency for gynandromorphophilic men to describe being attracted to individual people who are transgender rather than to transgender people overall.
Other tendencies are reported description of being attracted to what transgender women represent (a challenge to the traditional male/female dichotomy) and the explicit focus on the transgender body and appearance: "I like women with dicks. Something erotic about getting fucked by someone who is a woman." According to Helen Boyd, "Tranny chasers are the big bugaboo in the crossdressing community, because their very existence suggests that crossdressers are not all as straight as they claim to be.
Chasers are willing to give crossdressed men the kind of attention they desire, and that attention (a drink, a compliment) validates the crossdresser's experience, and completes the fantasy of feeling like a woman." According to Jeffrey Escoffier of the Centre for Gay and Lesbian Studies of CUNY, sexual interest in male-to-female transsexuals first emerged in 1953, associated with the then famous transition of Christine Jorgensen.
It was after expressing transsexualism via surgery became more feasible over the 1960s that sexual orientation came to be re-conceptualized as distinct from gender identity and cross-dressing.
Sexologists have created numerous terms for preferential attraction to transgender people.
John Money and Malgorzata Lamacz proposed the term gynemimetophilia to refer to a sexual preference for male-assigned people who look like, act like, or are women, including crossdressed men and trans women.
They also proposed the term andromimetophilia to describe a sexual attraction to female-assigned people who look like, act like, or are men.