Your not transsexual, but you don't hate them either. You have some knowledge of us, but you really don't know a whole lot... But that doesn't seem to make you take a negative pose either. Your education on transsexuals could use some brushing up. You should know that being a transsexual is a trying state for a person to live in because society in general knows less than you do, and certain events have fostered hatred in the past. Additionally, there is alot of irrational fear, and religious groups that belief they are going against God. I guess though your aware of some of this... But did you know that half of all transsexuals don't survive transition? Or that scientific studies have reveal numerous causes, and structures associated with both gender identity, and transsexuality? And were not talking about crack pot doctors either, were talking reputable universities.
Consider this, that in the US alone that most doctors are still afraid to come out right and say "Yes, Transsexuals have a valid medical condition" out of fear of the opposition and Christian groups which are opposed to transsexuals. The AMA even endorse the transitional treatments for transsexuals as it is the only viable treatment. Either way though, whether you chose to learn more or not, thank you for your temperance and tolerance. Temperance alone is often not enough, and knowledge doesn't mean you have to agree, but when the two meet there can be acceptance.
(Facts and figures on the test:
Transsexuals usually transition do a combination of hormone/mood mismatch, and emotional distress caused by incongruency of gender identity and physical sex. They can not help it.
Transsexuals are psychologically identical by statistical margines with the gender they say they are (I.E. a transwoman, and a woman take the same test they are highly likely to answer similarly) People have a varying array of personalities, so it's not an exact science.
Almost all transsexuals know as early as 2 - 3 years of age than they are transsexual, on the basis they feel their gender is different from their sex. Sexual centers of the brain haven't developed, and can not produce sensations of arousal.
Suicide rates are 33% higher than heteronormal counterparts.
Suicide attempt rates hover in the 50% among transsexuals as a group.
Hate crimes against transsexuals is 3 - 5 times the national average for gays, and lesbians, and 10 times the national average for racial crimes.
Scientists and Doctors have found several mechanisms and proofs of a biological basis for Transsexuality in humans and several other species. Rats, cats, dogs also propose instances of transsexuality. IIn humans the deprivation of hormones at 4 - 7 weeks of term results in brain structures that aren't masculinized in the fetus. These children are born with BST regions equal to their Cisgender counterpart. I.E. Male babies born with female brains. BST regions are smaller in women, and larger in men, and it most all cases of transsexuals studied postmortum, their BST region matched the sex of their gender orientation.
Some theories point to estrogen dominance being to blame, in that its the hormonal signal from the mother, and if the approriate gene doesn't convert it in the fetus (to testosterone from the study), the baby's brain is sheilded from change. As most of us know estrogen in sufficient doses can block the creation of testosterone. It's possible that radical and xenoestrogens in food products could be blocking the use of testosterone in early phase male fetuses, and cause transsexuality at least in the case of Male to Female. It's also known that progesterone in high enough amounts converts to testosterone, and could be a partial unstudied reason for transsexuality in female to males. (More studies are required for full Female to Male causal relationships)
In the genetics, there is a sex differentiation gene that is longer than normal which impacts adrogen (Testosterone) sensitivity. Without this sensitivity, once again you end up with a male fetus with a female brain.
Cases of female to male transsexuals is much less understood, but therapists and doctors frequently observe an enhancement of mental state, mood and overall mental health almost like an antidepressant in both transmen (FtM) and transwomen (MtF). This case one case study observed that giving hormone therapy for the opposite sex to normal patients resulted in degradation of mental health, and negative mood alteration. This is often observed in patient on hormone therapy for other than transitional purposes.
Most studies about this point to a hormone mismatch, being that in a normal male there is more testosterone receptors and fewer estrogen receptors in key parts of the brain. Doctors and therapist are starting to conclude that these numbers are reversed in a transsexual person, based on direct, and indirect hormonal reactions.)
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