Thank you, John Casey, for being so vulnerable in your commentary piece in The Advocate. My wife Mari and I are blessed to have a number of gay friends who truly want to learn about and be advocates for, the transgender community. In all of my talks, I always highlight how the need for education about my community is a self-perpetuating thing that will always be needed – perhaps most especially among the non-T letters of the LGBTQ+ community. In the end, we ALL need to support each other as one community, and not see each other as competing factions, or worse yet, as an albatross that prevents the other from achieving their own narrow vision of what equality looks like…read more at the Advocate
This piece by Jack Turban in Scientific American does a wonderful job of speaking to how the research community must evolve in developing and fielding scientifically sound research – free from inherent biases – into the origins of gender identity.
For far too long transgender adults and children have been seen as needing to be “fixed” in some way so that we can become contributing members of society. Fifteen years ago, before I could have my gender reassignment surgery, I had to be clinically diagnosed as suffering from gender identity disorder. I am many things, but disordered is most definitely not one of them.
The reality is, my trans brothers and sisters and I are already a bold and beautiful part of society, we do not need one-sided or prejudicial research to conclude something to the contrary. As the author points out, “What good science shows us is that when we accept transgender people, they thrive. . . It’s time to celebrate that and move on.” And to that, I say, Amen…read more