As a urologist, I have cared for gay, lesbian and transgender patients. There may be a misconception of terms.
Gays and lesbians are men and women who anatomically are men and women that have a sexual attraction to members of their own sex. A transvestite, as opposed to a transgender person, is an anatomically male or female who is not homosexual but enjoys wearing clothes of the opposite sex. A transgender person is one who is anatomically born male or female but has a gender identification of the opposite sex.
Both anatomic and gender identification are determined separately during fetal development in the womb. The anatomy is determined before gender identification and the fetus may sometimes experience abnormal hormone exposure resulting in children born with anatomy that is both male and female called ambiguous genitalia.
Gender identification occurs later and can also be influenced by other factors such an anatomic female fetus exposed to higher levels of testosterone resulting in male gender identification.
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I recall the transgender patient I once treated who was born anatomically female but had a gender identity of a male from early childhood. She was found to have a testosterone secreting ovarian tumor that most likely influenced her gender identification.
Transgender individuals have a very difficult time psychologically because of the expectation and restrictions imposed by their parents, friends and others. When they can finally get over this psychological hurdle, they can develop and progress in a more psychologically rewarding life.
HB2 is a law that wasn’t necessary and feeds on the misconceptions of poorly informed individuals, especially our legislators and governor. It imposes another unfortunate burden on the small number of transgender individuals and is certainly a far cry from Christian love and acceptance. It is an embarrassment to our state and a law that needs to be repealed.
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