Human sexuality topics
Transgender persons and transsexuals:
What do they believe about gender?
What is the cause(s)
of their belief?
Are they just confused?
What can a parent do to help?
The term "LGBT" is an acronym for "Lesbians,
transgender persons/Transsexuals. Sometimes, additional letters
added, like "Q" for Queer or questioning, "I" for Intersexual.
Note about terminology:
Prior to 2012, the terms "Gender Identity Disorder" and "GID" were
the internal conflict experienced by transgender
and transsexual persons. This term has since
stigmatizing because of the presence of the
The new, generally accepted term is
"Dysphoria" is a
that means: "a state
dissatisfaction with life."
We are currently scanning this web site of over 7,500 essays and
"Gender Identity Disorder" to "Gender Disphoiria."
What is being "transgender" or "transsexual" all about?
In essence, it is a rarely observed conflict between a person's current gender identity -- what they sincerely believe their gender to be -- and their birth identified gender -- the gender placed on their birth certificate shortly after they were born.
Most transgender persons explain their situation as being a female trapped in a male's body, or vice-versa.
Others identify themselves as not fitting into either gender.
The vast majority of adults, perhaps 99.7%, have no such conflict; they are referred to as cisgender.
As with so many other matters related to human sexuality, there is a conflict over gender identity:
- Most religious and social conservatives believe that a person's gender is permanent, and defined at birth according to their genital structures and/or the sex chromosomes in their DNA. They often refer to transgender persons as having "gender confusion." Thus a newborn who was identified as male, and who is now an adult with a female gender identity is still a male, should be referred to as a "he," and should be prohibited from entering a women's public washroom. These beliefs are one of the causes of the loss in "market share" of Christianity among older teens and young adults. The percentage of people who identify themselves as Christian in the U.S. has been dropping by about 1 percentage point a year in recent years.
- Most religious and social liberals, human sexuality researchers, and the LGBT community define an adult's gender identiy as that person's current identity, which in rare occasions is different from their birth-identified gender. Thus a newborn who was identified as male, and who now is an adult with a female gender identity is a female, and should be referred to as a "she," and should have access to women's public washrooms. These beliefs have contributed to the rise in the number of "NOTAs" (rekuNOT Affiliated) in the U.S. in recent years. These people often refer to themselves as not interested in religion, as unaffiliated with any religious group, as Agnostics, Atheists, freethinkers, spiritual but not religious, etc,
Topics covered in this section:
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" 'Why IS it such a big deal to everyone what somebody has in their pants?' Excellent question, posed by an unusually astute transgender girl, the subject of Amy Ellis Nutt’s emotional and illuminating Becoming Nicole. It’s also a little ironic, since Nicole’s story makes a bit of a deal of it, but in a much different way than other stories we’ve been hearing lately, from celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and television shows like Transparent. Nicole, her twin brother Jonas, mom Kelly, and dad Wayne, are your typical middle class American family. They live next door to you -- are shuttling from work, to Cub Scouts, to softball practice. … They’re also coming to terms with the fact that one of their own has Gender Dysphoria, a medical condition whereby a person does not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. And so Wayne and Kelly Maines discover that they don’t have two sons at all, but a son and a daughter. This is a particularly hard pill for Republican, Air Force veteran, Wayne, to swallow, and his journey from denial to accepting and championing his daughter, is one of the more powerful and moving side narratives in a book chock full of them. That is why I really struggled to write this review, because Becoming Nicole is an important book that imparts important lessons, and the ones that resonate most have nothing to do with what’s in anyone’s pants: Be true to yourself, live an authentic life, exercise compassion. –
Average rating by Amazon customers: 4.4 out of 5 stars. It was selected as Amazon's Best Book of October, 2015; a New York Times notable book; one of People's ten best books of the year; and Men's Journal's one of the best books of the year!
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Zachary Green, "Transforming History: Transgender issues today are rooted in a decades-long struggle for inclusion," RetroReport/New York Times, 2015-JUN-15, at: http://www.nytimes.com/
- "My authentic life," Transgender Law Center, 2014-MAY-01, at: https://www.youtube.com/ The first video has been watched by about 120,000 viewers during its first year online at YouTube.
- Tom Murray produced and directed a video concerning transsexuality. It
is titled: "Almost Myself: Reflections on mending and transcending
gender." See: http://www.almostmyself.com/
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Original posting: 2007-JUN-08
Latest revision: 2016-APR-04
Author: B.A. Robinson