So, if that’s the worst they have for us, I say go ahead and do your daily errands. Just bring along a good, strong umbrella capable of handling falling animals of up to, say, 10 pounds.
What do you call people from Night Vale? Are they “Nightvalians”?
I love how cis people are always so flippant about deciding MY body. “Well you are biologically THIS so just deal with it.” Then they roll their eyes. But then when I’m like #WellActually Im THIS because xyz, yall start crying & cutting up.” I thought you were so calm & matter of fact? What happened? Yall can dish it but you cant take it.
If it was such a fact, fifty million-leven of yall wouldn’t have to burst up into my mentions to “put me in my place.” You are spending 10 hours of your day arguing withe the ‘crazy’ girl.
Just tell the truth. You hear me knocking on the door for my womanhood, for my humanity…and it scares the fuck out of you. Cause if girls like me aint up under your boot, you aren’t entirely sure who or what you are.
Once again that aint my problem. You better take it up with Jesus or try a Yoga class…..
— World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), Standards of Care, V7; Professional Statement on depathologization.
- involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease.
- caused by or involving disease; morbid.
- caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
- dealing with diseases
1680s, “pertaining to disease,” formed in English from pathology.
Synonyms: morbid, diseased, sick, ill, unhealthy, aberrant, medical, medical condition
The very document that lays out the treatment for Trans people, and the very organization that is responsible for setting the standards and operating on the research and scientific evidence, state, in very clear terms, that being Trans is not a medical condition, and in addition to that, they state that calling it a medical condition has been proven to be harmful to the health and well being of Trans people.
While many individuals need both hormone therapy and surgery to alleviate their gender dysphoria, others need only one of these treatment options and some need neither (Bockting and Goldberg, 2006; Bockting, 2008; Lev, 2004).
Often with the help of psychotherapy, some individuals integrate their trans- or cross-gender feelings into the gender role they were assigned at birth and do not feel the need to feminize or masculinize their body. For others, changes in gender role and expression are sufficient to alleviate gender dysphoria. Some patients may need hormones, a possible change in gender role, but not surgery; others may need a change in gender role along with surgery, but not hormones.
Some individuals describe themselves not as gender nonconforming but as unambiguously cross-sexed (i.e., as a member of the other sex; Bockting, 2008).
Other individuals affirm their unique gender identity and no longer consider themselves either male or female (Bornstein, 1994; Kimberly, 1997; Stone, 1991; Warren, 1993). Instead, they may describe their gender identity in specific terms such as transgender, bigender, or genderqueer, affirming their unique experience that may transcend a male/female binary understanding of gender (Bockting, 2008; Ekins and King, 2006; Nestle, Wilchins, and Howell, 2002).
They may not experience their process of identity affirmation as a “transition,” because they never fully embraced the gender role they were assigned at birth or because they actualize their gender identity, role, and expression in a way that does not involve a change from one gender role to another.
For example, some youth identifying as genderqueer have always experienced their gender identity and role as such (genderqueer).
This is why professionals involved in the care and well being of Trans people who are culturally competent and knowledgeable, do not engage with it on those terms.
Dysphoria does not make someone a trans person. Being a trans person is what makes someone have dysphoria.
Not because they are trans. But because the world they live in is not designed for, considerate of, or permissible for, trans people.