I must say, I have never personally come across a transgender person (nor a trans rights advocate) who claims that it is currently possible to change a person's sex, though perhaps you have. The claim is of a change in gender, which is perfectly in line with the modern scientific understanding of how sex and gender function (i.e. sex being biological, gender being socio-cultural). This is why the American Psychological Association says that "incongruence between one’s sex and gender is neither pathological nor a mental health disorder." Transgenderism is being recognized fundamentally as the incongruence between sex and gender, not a change in sex (which is how conservatives mistakenly understand it).

Perhaps there is also something of a generational element to this issue; for instance, I've noticed that the term "transexual" has mostly fallen out of favor with younger trans people (I met a great many trans people, and none of them use the term), whilst older trans people seem more likely to use it. I wonder whether this has something to do with what you say about the older members of your support groups seeming to place more emphasis on the biological aspect (unless I misread what you said).

--

--

--

Writing on politics, economics, etc.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Aaron Osborne

Aaron Osborne

Writing on politics, economics, etc.

More from Medium

Interplay of Thangka Art with the Nepalese Culture

1.6.2022

Doug Ford’s Reckoning

Whistle and I’ll come to you