Transgender vs transsexual

Many, many people have asked about our views of pre-ops and post-ops. Let’s review the suggested language in footnote [xxix] to our UN submission:

We support the following definition of “gender identity” – a person’s identification with the sex opposite her or his physiology or assigned sex at birth, which can be shown by providing evidence, including but not limited to medical history, care or treatment of a transsexual medical condition, or related condition, as deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association.

The definition says nothing about surgery, or pre-op or post-op status. It simply says treatment of a transsexual medical condition. People of trans experience require medical treatment to physically transition to the sex opposite their assigned-at-birth sex. This means a female-to-male trans person will want to obtain testosterone, which he can only do legally with medical intervention. This also means that a male-to-female trans person will want to obtain estrogen, which she can only do legally with medical intervention. In other words, our definition of “gender identity” covers all people of trans experience who are dedicated to transitioning and therefore rely on medical professionals to aid their transition.


2 Comments on “Transgender vs transsexual”

  1. There you have it. This is how I interpreted the definition from the beginning. It only took one blogger to spread FUD to light the fire in the TeeGee community.

  2. LeeAlani says:

    I thought the definition was both compassionate and fair, protecting the rights of all women.


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