Our mission is to help children cope with the disconnect they may feel between the body and gender they were born with and the body and gender in which they identify. Therefore, we try to help them develop a body that is consistent with their identity.
GIDC is relatively rare, and children whose gender dysphoria persists into adulthood even rarer.
Existing research indicates that children with GIDC grow out of gender dysphoria, do not grow up to be transgender, and most of them grow up to be homosexual. Again, no one knows why.
For children whose gender dysphoria persists into adolescence, transition to the other sex when they reach adulthood is often the medical treatment of choice.
But, barring a major overhaul of Western civilization, and, given the system we have
“For me, medical transitioning has been so important because it just removes that aspect of confusion and depression from my life,” said Donnie, who has struggled since middle school with his gender identity.
“Right now I’m wearing five layers ... plus this jacket, so even when I’m casual, I’m not really casual,” he told the Herald yesterday about “compressing” his chest. “It’s a lot to handle ... it’s a lot to handle.”
Donnie said he’s been depressed about his body for too long and tired of fighting a losing battle with his insurance company.
But his frat brothers helped lift that burden.
“You feeling OK?” Phi Alpha Tau fraternity brother, Christian Bergen-Aragon, asked Donnie yesterday outside an Emerson high-rise dorm on Boylston Street.
“I’m functioning,” he replied with a smile.
The US government and many US states, as well as the UK and Australia, have done away with the requirement for surgery to convert the genitals. That is partly in response to transgender activists who say the requirement was based on an obsolete understanding of sexual identity.
In 2011 the Transgender Law Center successfully pushed for passage of legislation ending surgery as a requirement to obtain a new birth certificate in California.
In September, Australia began allowing transgender individuals to change the sex on their passports without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery; in October the nation's highest court gave legal recognition to two transgender men who had not had sex-change surgery.
Under the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, the UK does not require genital surgery before allowing individuals to obtain official recognition of their new gender.
And in 2010, the US State Department issued new guidelines requiring only "appropriate clinical treatment" to obtain a new passport or a birth certificate for US citizens born outside the country.
Rule 81.11 on Gender-Segregated Facilities provides:
All covered entities shall allow individuals the use of
gender-segregated facilities that are consistent with their
gender identity. Gender-segregated facilities include, but
are not limited to, restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms,
Barbara Walters interview with her and her family.
The program -- 'I Am Jazz -- A Family in Transition' -- Parts 1, 2, 3.
Because gender-diverse students are often subject to harassment and violence when using male- or female-specific campus restrooms, a rapidly growing number of colleges and universities are creating gender-neutral bathrooms, either through renovations or by simply changing the signs on single-stall male/female restrooms. Currently, more than 150 campuses have gender-neutral bathrooms, including Oberlin College, which has two gender-neutral bathrooms in its student union and at least one in every residence hall; the University of California, San Diego, which has changed male/female signs on 88 single-stall restrooms in campus buildings; and the New College of California, where all campus bathrooms are gender-neutral. Many of the colleges and universities with gender-neutral bathrooms, including New York University, Ohio University, UCLA, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, list the locations of these restrooms on their websites.
Along with developing gender-neutral restrooms, some institutions, such as American University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Washington State University, have implemented or are in the process of implementing policies requiring that all extensively renovated and newly constructed buildings include at least one gender-neutral bathroom.
The University of Arizona has established a bathroom policy that affirms that individuals have the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The statement is available at http://fp.arizona.edu/affirm/restroomaccess.htm.
"When you talk to some of these ex-trangenders, the horrible things that it does to them is just astounding. It’s insanity.
A boy cannot change his sex. Your DNA does not change. And you can call yourself something different, you can dress differently, you can take hormones, you are always a boy.
And these school administrators, you know, you think of them as like the Nazi concentration camp guards must have been like, where they’re doing this horrible evil, and, you know, they’re just taking orders or something… they believe in it.
And people need to rise up because it’s only going to get worse.”
Right now I think the pendulum is swinging very much towards a more socially liberal American society, but that pendulum will eventually swing back the other direction.
not to be disrespectful, but because I am referring to male genitals.
All covered entities shall allow individuals the use of gender-segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity.
Coy has easy access to single-user restrooms (marked "Men" or "Women") used by employees or the gender-neutral single-user bathroom located in the school's health room.
"Discriminating against transgender people already is illegal in California, but the bill's supporters say AB1266 is necessary to ensure that school districts do not deny students opportunities to participate in activities or to feel welcome on campus."
The Emerson College student turned down for sex change surgery will get coverage after all, ABC News reported today.
In a reversal, the insurance carrier has agreed to cover the so-called "top surgery," or best removal for Donnie Collins, the 19 year old student who was born female but has been male identified since prep school.
"After the rejection of his initial request, the college contacted Aetna for clarification -- knowing that transgender benefits have been part of its insurance policy with Aetna since 2006," the college said in a statement.
Frankly, I’m surprised that you’re surprised by the response to your “cotton ceiling” idea. Did it really not occur to you that ciswomen (like most folks really) don’t like it when others try to tell us who we should and should not be attracted to? Ciswomen are STILL fighting a very public battle for the right to control our own bodies. And queers and allies are still fighting for recognition of three basic tenets of human rights that I had thought were at least understood and recognized within the queer community:
1. People don’t choose their sexuality or choose who they are attracted to. (remember? It’s not a “lifestyle” or a “preference” it’s an orientation)
2. Everyone should have the right to choose who they fuck.
3. Everyone should have the right to say no to sex for any reason and have that choice respected.
With this in mind, how could it possibly be surprising that your “cotton ceiling” hit a nerve? Rapey? YES! Of course this idea is rapey. That doesn’t mean I think you want to rape women, it means I think you are using the logic of rape culture (ie entitlement to cispussy) to present a flawed argument for transwomen inclusion. Of course transwomen should be included in the queer community. But access to cis-sex doesn’t equal inclusion and you don’t have a RIGHT to sleep with queer ciswomen any more than transmen or butch women do.
Because we understand that these characteristics exist in a complex social and cultural web of associations in modern America, and that publicly ruling out the possibility of ever finding somebody with, say, dark skin attractive sends vibrations along that web in various ways.
that vibrates the social and cultural web in a different way from "I could never have any desire to have sex with a woman with brown hair/small breasts/large breasts".
Penile sex is not sexually desirable to me. I have no doubts about my feelings with regard to penile sex, either. I don't want it. I have no desire for it. I know I don't want it. It turns me off. End of story."
A question for you: is it possible to navigate while being sensitive to both of those pressures? If so, how?
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