Millions of Americans in this country are in need of education regarding human sexuality and gender identification.
The problem here is not transgender people or GAY people or laws that the government puts in place.
The problem is lack of education.
If we began to teach human sexuality courses from third grade ( The THIRD GRADE was when we had the first sex-ed class when I was growing up ) through high school and made the information incrementally age-appropriate overtime we would not be having this conversation because the population would understand what transgender is what transgender means and what transgender is not. People would also have a better understanding of what bisexuality is what homosexuality is etc.
SEE…the reality is YOUR KIDS…………….yes………. YOUR KIDS may walk into a job interview, have a college room-mate, co-worker or neighbor one day that may be GAY or TRANSGENDER …………….this is a reality and we need to educate our children regarding the REAL WORLD not the world you WISH was real…….
Most of the problems that we face in this country we face because people are UN… or under educated on the topic
People who have gender dysphoria feel strongly that they are not the gender they physically appear to be.
For example, a person who has a penis and all other physical traits of a male might feel instead that he is actually a female. That person would have an intense desire to have a female body and to be accepted by others as a female. Or, someone with the physical characteristics of a female would feel her true identity is male.
“Dysphoria” is a feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, and restlessness. With gender dysphoria, the discomfort with your male or female body can be so intense that it can interfere with the way you function in normal life, for instance at school or work or during social activities.
Gender dysphoria used to be called “gender identity disorder.” But the mismatch between body and internal sense of gender is not a mental illness. The condition has also been called “transsexualism.” But this term is outdated. Some consider it offensive. Now “transgender” is often used to describe someone who feels his or her body and gender do not match.
Gender nonconforming (GNC) is a broader term that can include people with gender dysphoria. But it can also describe people who feel that they are neither only male or only female. Informally, people who identify with both genders or with neither gender might call themselves “genderqueer.”
Gender dysphoria is not homosexuality, bisexuality or a mental illness.Your internal sense of your gender is not the same as your sexual orientation.
Randi Kaufman, PsyD, clinical psychologist, The Gender & Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York.
American Psychiatric Association: “Gender Dysphoria.”
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.
National Health Service.
University of Maryland Medical Center.
Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on September 24, 2014