However, the review found that trans women engaged in sex work were not more likely than trans women not engaged in sex work to be HIV positive. The subject of transgender sex workers has attracted attention in the media.Paris Lees, a British trans woman and journalist, wrote an article in June 2012 for the Independent defending criticism of Ria, star of Channel 4 documentary Ria: Teen Transsexual, who was seventeen at the time and depicted as working as a prostitute at a massage parlor, saying that the choice to engage in sex work is a matter of bodily autonomy and pointing out reasons that young trans women often turn to sex work such as low self-esteem and severe employment discrimination.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.In African-American and Latino cultures, a distinction is sometimes made between active and passive sexual activity, where the passive or receiving partner is not considered masculine or straight, but the active partner is. In the National Trans Discrimination Survey, 11% of respondents reported having done sex work for income, compared to 1% of cisgender women in the US.26% had lost their jobs due to their gender identity/expression. In a review of studies on HIV prevalence in trans women working in the sex industry, over 27% were HIV positive.This is one of those who have no interest in women who were permitted to enter upon women." In his book Travesti: Sex, Gender and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes, he writes that no travesti in Salvador ever claims to be mulher (a woman) except as a joke, and travestis reading or hearing about transsexuals who say they feel like women regard them as disturbed.
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.
This attraction can be a person's occasional, preferred, primary, or exclusive interest.
Like transgender people, individuals attracted to transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or with none of these categories; they may identify as transgender or cisgender.
To avoid confusion and offense, the terms "gynephilia" and "androphilia" are sometimes used to describe attraction to women and men, respectively.
One study published in 1977 suggests that transgender people have more heterosexual than homosexual experiences.
Relatively little has been written about the sexual preference for feminized men.