Only in America does the highest court in the land get to decide where one can or cannot go to the toilet. The arguments used against transgender people are the same arguments of STATES RIGHTS that were used back in the civil rights days against black people voting, going to school, use of drinking fountains and restrooms, etc.. News media, like the Huffington Post just pass the crap along without any attempt to EDUCATE its readers about being transgender. Worse, the folk-fallacy of MENTAL versus PHYSICAL causes still plagues the USA, when it comes to the human rights of those with diverse Mental Health, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Biological Diversity (Intersex).
Physical means it isn’t your fault (whether mom or dad can be blamed is another story). Mental means it IS your fault (all you need to do is to WANT to change, get saved, or get a good swift kick in the ass and be made to get a job).
So where does the BULLSHIT end (that TV viewers and print readers pay billions of dollars to consume) and public education begin? Mental or physical? It is All physical (BIOLOGICAL) folks, even the mental. LGBT, like I,is biological ( it HAS to be, because it cuts so deep into the person’s Being in the World). Forget NATURE versus NURTURE. Milton Diamond versus John Money is history (read THE BOY WHO WAS RAISED AS A GIRL by John Colopino and check out the enclosed Alice Dreger links). The only nurture in all this is whether or not it is safe to come out.
It must be remembered that there are Transgender persons who may be Intersex, but not Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual. And there are Intersex persons who are not Transgender, but may or may not identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual. There are also Intersex persons, thanks to the history and current practice of silent “normalization” of genitalia at birth in the US, who do not know they were born Intersex and for whom none of this controversy is important.
So where, in the interests of FULL DISCLOSURE, am I coming from in all this? I am a transgender female, who was born intersex, who is also asexual (not into sexual activity at all) in sexual orientation.
Links with asterisks are YouTube videos that are important for basic knowledge of Transgender and Intersex issues.
*Alice Dreger: Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America? (25 Feb. 2016 – very important presentation)
Three Selected Intersex Medical Conditions (DSD) Disorders of Sexual Development – National Library of Medicine
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
46XX Testicular DSD
5α Reductase Deficiency (cf. Jeffrey Eugenides: MIDDLESEX)
*YouTube: Oprah – Growing Up Intersex (Part I)
*YouTube: ABC News – “Normalizing” Surgeries on Intersex Children
Huffington Post Link that Angered Me to Write This Post
More Alice Dredger – 16 Feb. 2016 (THE SAAD TRUTH)
Roberta A Westerberg, MA