I have wanted to say basically this for so long. Thanks for being awesome, Jaime!
But it does need emphasized that gatekeepers should try to let people in rather than keep them out. I may talk more about this later.
The truth is, whether you call it “Gender Dysphoria” or “Gender Idenitity Disorder,” I find the fact that my identity is considered to be a psychiatric condition somewhat degrading. However, I’m not sure whether it’s possible, in practice, to ever completely de-pathologize.
Of course, the comparison is always made to homosexuality; same-sex attraction is no longer a diagnosis, why then should transgenderism be? The problem, though, is that in many (probably most) cases, transgender individuals seek-out specific medical procedures as a direct result of their transgenderism–procedures without which quality of life would be severely impaired by depression or suicidal tendencies. Simply put then, transgender identification is at least partially a medical condition in that it sometimes requires medical intervention. Moreover, some of these interventions can be dangerous (and here I am referring to hormone replacement therapy) without supervision by a specialist. And when it comes to surgical intervention (sexual…
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