'I'm Not The Only One': Transgender Youth Battle The Odds

Jun 15, 2013 Full story: New Hampshire Public Radio -

Kimberly McKenzie works for Lamp Community, a nonprofit that helps the homeless.

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Chance

Grove City, PA

#1 Jun 15, 2013
If you are male turning into a female, why aren't you just a female? If you are female turning into a male, then why aren't you just a male? It seems to me that the "transgender" label hurts people a lot more than the process. Why don't you all stop being a political and social statement (which is what the label is) and just be the person you are?

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#4 Jun 15, 2013
Good Question! It's because of a curious characteristic of humans to band together when met with adversity. Many of the people who could be called adverse are the ultra religious. Muslims, Jewish, Christian. All use the same Old Testament. Christians have the advantage of having the Christian New Testament. In Matthew 19:12, Jesus spoke of the three types of Eunuchs. It is the third type which interest us the most. "Those who make themselves eunuchs"
In India, there survives the tradition of the Hijira. This is the four thousand YO custom of certain "Eligible" boys submitting themselves for castration to a family of eunuchs or Hijira. The effects of castration were well known by then. The male body feminizes itself. In effect, It was as close as they could come to a full transition to female. With the better "Sex change operations" the custom is dying out now. I believe that this custom was just as prevalent in the middle east, just as in India.
Western Culture doesn't like anyone fooling around with their gender. The British outlawed Castration when the ran India. Only lately, are the Hijira getting anything like respect. Google Hijira
Regards, Terri
Chance wrote:
If you are male turning into a female, why aren't you just a female? If you are female turning into a male, then why aren't you just a male? It seems to me that the "transgender" label hurts people a lot more than the process. Why don't you all stop being a political and social statement (which is what the label is) and just be the person you are?

Since: Aug 11

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#5 Jun 15, 2013
Chance wrote:
If you are male turning into a female, why aren't you just a female? If you are female turning into a male, then why aren't you just a male? It seems to me that the "transgender" label hurts people a lot more than the process. Why don't you all stop being a political and social statement (which is what the label is) and just be the person you are?
Exactly.

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