Is changing ones sex after following the prescribed standards of care wrong? I've discussed this issue with many of my Christian friends and have received a mixed bag of responses but most regard changing ones birth sex as wrong. I'd like to hear some of your feelings on this subject.

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Oh, I forgot to mention:

     Well, except for every single living organism on the planet that wouldn't fit in Noah's boat,

     but everything else he made perfect.

Oh, well from the perspective of fitting it into the context of a literal interpretation of mythology, it doesn't seem that Yahweh would oppose it at all since he actually prescribed a cultural ritual of body modification, specifically of the genitalia.  Many prominent imams also think that sex reassignment doesn't violate the will of the creator being.  So I don't think this is actually a case of defying a god, except perhaps Xenu who has some funny ideas about psychology and medicine.

 

Anyway, as far as being 'neat', I'm not sure I share your feelings.  If they could actually establish reproductive functionality in the inversely constructed genitalia then I might be more inclined to so share.  As it is, it seems like a rather harsh thing to go through in order to be recognized as being the person you already know yourself to be.

I would agree that it would be neat if they could in fact establish the reproductive functionality in the Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS). For many I believe there are the benefits of having genitalia that correspond with their correct gender inaddition to just simply being able to wear (and look like everyone else does) the clothing of that gender.  Perhaps this is a bit course but imagine going to the hotel pool in a nice one piece and not having the proper genetalia. Most people just want to blend in and be allowed to be themselves without being the topic of jokes and finger pointing.
Yes, I agree that it is great that we can offer some surgical intervention that helps, even if it isn't a perfect solution.  I just think there is a lot more to it than a surgical procedure though and all the other social, familial and cultural reconciliations seem to get obscured by that singular 'defining step' of sex/gender transition.
Well ok - if you consider the whole of what can and is being done and not just the surgery itself then I can agree that it is neat, and a very remarkable development of modern civilization.
Thanks.  For a while I wasn't sure if the list was ever going to end.

I agree with you Lee. Love and sex are brain functions. I also agree with Heather when she states that there are so many other factors that come into play when one comes to the realization that their outward gender expression in incongruent with their inner being. I would hope that when an individual decides to undergo SRS that many of those social, familial and cultural issues have been addressed.  SRS is in no way the beginning of the transition process nor is it the end of that process.

Some of the Canadian aboriginal cultures still recognize transpeople as being 'two-spirits', a revered designation that goes way back in their culture.  It's an interesting concept even if a paranormal/deistic one.
I saw a documentary called "Becoming Chaz" at Sundance this year. It was about Sonny and Cher's daughter Chastity transitioning into a man. It was a very interesting look at the whole process, the surgeries and the hormone treatments, and the effects on Chaz and his friends and family. If it ever gets distributed I'd encourage you all to go watch it. There are also some shots of cute animals.
I don't have a problem with it at all and I think Nelson's response really says it all. While I've never been against gender reassignment, I don't think I ever really understood what a difficult thing it is for someone to go through. Or, I don't know, maybe I didn't want to admit to myself that I wasn't as compassionate as I should have been until quite recently when I was doing a search on the effects of testosterone.

In my search, I came across some videos by someone named Otis Huckleberry. He shared his transformation from female to male by uploading diary type videos at different stages of the process. There's nothing really graphic; it's just a person describing their feelings. I watched all of his videos and was really moved by them.

I would challenge anyone who disagrees with gender reassignment (or just isn't too sure about the whole thing) to watch these videos and not have a change of heart.

I wasn't sure if it was ok to share the link or not but if anyone is interested, just do a search for Otis Huckleberry on Youtube. He is truly an amazing person and I aspire to have just a tenth of his courage when facing any of the difficulties life can bring.

My thoughts to those thinking about it. Is it wrong. No. I have no cause to tell you who to be. In the words of Jefferson, "...It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." We all have differences between us. It's those differences that give us strength as a society or group. The sooner we accept them as a group, the sooner we will find the strength in that difference.

I would say that the change has to be tremendously difficult. If I were one thinking about it, I would seek out a transgender group to discuss it and the trials that you'd face. It's one thing to have that relief of seeing who you are in the mirror, but what is what everyone else sees going to do to your daily life? The keys to overcoming that would be found in those groups, but they likely only exist in larger cities. Your patience will be tested, but it is required in order to change the hearts of those that won't understand. 

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