Transgender people often face a legal labyrinth when changing g...

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rectumeruv

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 4, 2009
I sure hope these people can get the mental help they need.
sassykat

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jan 4, 2009
Thanks for writing this important story!
Bob The Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 4, 2009
Back in the day, these people would just be put in the nut house. Problem solved.
Emelye Waldherr

Fredonia, NY

#4 Jan 4, 2009
The mental health community has been studying transsexuality and trying to "cure" it for the better part of a century and have failed. Everything from psychoanalysis to psychotropic drugs to aversion therapy (essentially, torture) have been attempted with no lasting effect. This fact, combined with the growing amount of scientific evidence that the condition has a bio-neurological origin, has convinced the majority in the medical community to admit that it is a physical ailment, not a mental disorder. The American Medical Association agrees with this and published a resolution last June attesting to these facts. The condition does not respond to psychological treatments but responds very well to the physical and social changes that are collectively called "transition." People are born with this condition and deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity.
Joker

United States

#5 Jan 4, 2009
It shouldn't be changed at all. Your born a female your a female. Were you born with a penis? No! So your still a female.It doesn't matter what your dressing like or what you had attatched to you, or removed. Your a female!! What you need is a lot of mental health insurance. Try for more of that.
Tom from Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jan 4, 2009
I have a tranny that lies in my building and he (formerly she) is a nice person. I suspected the transformation over time and eventually she "came out" to me! They don't want our sympathy-just equality.

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#7 Jan 4, 2009
Looks like its gonna be a day of interesting posts here!!
NLLIX

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jan 4, 2009
All you people who are saying "throw them in the nuthouse" or "get them mental help" are bigoted a**holes. Open your narrow f*cking minds, and try to empathize with your fellow HUMAN BEINGS. That's all that really defines us in the end.
Nota Sheep

Hayward, CA

#9 Jan 4, 2009
I wish these people would get it right. It is not a "gender" change, it is a "sex" change. The terms are not interchangeable!!! Gender is a grammatical term. A person has a "sex", either male or female. A noun has a "gender", either masculine or feminine.
Emelye Waldherr

Fredonia, NY

#10 Jan 4, 2009
"Your born a female your a female. Were you born with a ****? No! So your still a female.It doesn't matter what your dressing like or what you had attatched to you, or removed. Your a female!!"

Most people think it's that simple but it isn't. People born intersexed can have both sets of genitals or neither. Looking at the genitals does not indicate gender identity. There are some conditions where aperson with XY chromosomes (XY = male) look act and think like females from birth. Others are born with vaginas or penises and at puberty begin changing sex spontaneously. Denying facts in order to maintain an erroneous opinion is bigotry, pure and simple. It pains me to see that it is still so common.
Jack Diamond

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jan 4, 2009
Tom from Saint Paul wrote:
I have a tranny that lies in my building and he (formerly she) is a nice person. I suspected the transformation over time and eventually she "came out" to me! They don't want our sympathy-just equality.
Is the tranny a granny?
Jack Diamond

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jan 4, 2009
Emelye Waldherr wrote:
"Your born a female your a female. Were you born with a ****? No! So your still a female.It doesn't matter what your dressing like or what you had attatched to you, or removed. Your a female!!"
Most people think it's that simple but it isn't. People born intersexed can have both sets of genitals or neither. Looking at the genitals does not indicate gender identity. There are some conditions where aperson with XY chromosomes (XY = male) look act and think like females from birth. Others are born with vaginas or penises and at puberty begin changing sex spontaneously. Denying facts in order to maintain an erroneous opinion is bigotry, pure and simple. It pains me to see that it is still so common.
I know EXACTLY what you mean. I've had a woman screaming to get out of my body, so now I just take her to the bar with me, get her drunk and put her to bed with me.
Mr Bill

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jan 4, 2009
Lunds/Byerly's hires many transtesticals.
You have got to be joking

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jan 4, 2009
Through a long and emotionally painful series of past life regressions revealed to me under hypnosis in conjunction with the recent recovery of my repressed memories of those lives, I am starting to come to terms with the fact that I was an aquatic mammal in the paleozoic seas. This is my first incarnation in the species homo-sapien and I am distressed at the lack of government support for my need to be surgically restored to my true nature. The bias, hatred and discrimination that I face daily by members of your species is appalling and shameful. When will you people learn to embrace fully with government and taxpayer handouts all of the cetacean-sapien community?
You have got to be joking

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jan 4, 2009
Hah Haaaaaaaaahhh Hah! the censors removed h*o*M*O from sapien in my previous post! PC BS
Jack Diamond

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Jan 4, 2009
ROFL to Bill & got to be joking, above.

And I'm not concerned in the least about Homer's sexuality. But he sure had the big eye.

Wh000sies! The enraged women within me wants out again. I'm going to have to go down to the prissyass, overpriced coffee house down the block here & order some ro-BUST coffee.
Jack Diamond

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jan 4, 2009
You have got to be joking wrote:
Hah Haaaaaaaaahhh Hah! the censors removed h*o*M*O from sapien in my previous post! PC BS
Fugem if they can't take a joke.
SHUT UP

Quinton, OK

#19 Jan 4, 2009
I think it's wrong they get sex changes. They were born with all their parts, they decide that's not what they want, then they go get it tucked or pulled out and start taking hormones to change voice and grow hair. I'm sure straight people have slept with some thinking they were regular people. If they let them legally change sex than they should have some kind of recognition system for straight regular people, like a extra box on their drivers license or something!

“REUNITE GONDWANALAND!”

Since: Jun 08

Woodbury

#20 Jan 4, 2009
Emelye Waldherr wrote:
The mental health community has been studying transsexuality and trying to "cure" it for the better part of a century and have failed. Everything from psychoanalysis to psychotropic drugs to aversion therapy (essentially, torture) have been attempted with no lasting effect. This fact, combined with the growing amount of scientific evidence that the condition has a bio-neurological origin, has convinced the majority in the medical community to admit that it is a physical ailment, not a mental disorder. The American Medical Association agrees with this and published a resolution last June attesting to these facts. The condition does not respond to psychological treatments but responds very well to the physical and social changes that are collectively called "transition." People are born with this condition and deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity.
Welcome to "topix", Emelye, where you will witness all sorts of bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia and ignorance. You can present all the facts and data and evidence, but people whose minds are made up do not want to be confused with the facts.
As a health care professional, I am well aware of babies born with "ambiguous genitalia" and hermaphrodites, as well as people whose genetic and/or psychological makeup is different from their external appearance. We need to be compassionate, and accept people for who and what they really are. Thank you for your intelligent and well written posts.

“I Support Equality”

Since: Jun 07

Beaverton, OR

#21 Jan 4, 2009
SHUT UP wrote:
I think it's wrong they get sex changes. They were born with all their parts, they decide that's not what they want, then they go get it tucked or pulled out and start taking hormones to change voice and grow hair. I'm sure straight people have slept with some thinking they were regular people. If they let them legally change sex than they should have some kind of recognition system for straight regular people, like a extra box on their drivers license or something!
I have a question for you. If you had sex with the transwoman and enjoyed it, and were not able to tell that she was a man at one point in her life, why does it bother you so much? I mean you got the sex you were looking for?

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