I just read a column in the Advocate that has disturbed me greatly. The author seems to think that transsexuals should just accept their birth sex and live their lives without making a big fuss about being the wrong sex. It reminds me of the tracts I have read that seem to indicate gays won’t be gay if they just try to act more manly and try to like girls. I have heard such attitudes before, but reading them in the Advocate seems a low blow. I have heard some say that if a person has a penis or a y chromosome, then that person is a male, man, boy, etc. and never can be any thing but that no matter how they feel and no matter how they live or even if they have surgery that eradicates all outward signs of their birth sex.
I have also read articles about transsexual frogs. It seems if you expose certain male frogs to certain chemicals, they act like female frogs. I have read an article that show there may be measurable differences in the brain between men and women and that some transsexuals show patterns more like the sex that they feel they are and not that to which they were born. I know that key research by John Money that said that if you raise a boy as a girl (including perfoming the sex change at a very young age), the child will adjust normally to being a girl, was shown to be tragically false.
Great Debate: So-called transsexuals can’t cross the sex barrier, those born with xy and penis are male and those born xx and no penis are female, GET OVER IT vs. Transsexuals are just trying to align physical sex to psychological sex, MTF transsexuals are really women and FTM transsexuals are really men, DEAL WITH IT.
sub great debate: The Advocate should not publish what amounts to hate speech against part of their readership vs. The Advocate was just publishing a colum that expressed an opinion, so what?