I notice that no one so far has made any mention of the boy's autism. Does anyone know how this might- if at all- affect his condition? The article on the Daily Mail website has it in the headline perhaps to attract more views, but the article barely mentions it save stating that he is 'mildly autistic'.
I used to be very very opposed to gender reassignment until I learned more about it. Back then I considered it self mutilation and felt that the person should learn to accept the body into which they were born and not have surgeries or whatnot.
When I actually met a person who had gender reassignment it changed my mind. In addition having known someone as a male for a very long time only to find out that they were actually born a woman was interesting. As I did research I found that we usually hear about the more exploitative and sensational versions of these stories. But many of the transgendered live quiet lives and people would never ever know they had not been born differently.
This is why early intervention is so important. There is a transsexual in our neighborhood up here. And she obviously can't afford the surgery and didn't understand what was really going on until she became a full fledged man after puberty. There is nothing she can do to hide the fact that she is physically a male. And it is heart wrenching to watch her suffering.
I could pm you some clips that might change your mind. I don't want to post them publicly since we get a lot of traffic on here. But it's very sad the way this is misconstrued in society.
Think of it more like those people who grow horrendous tumors on their faces or body. Would you deny them the treatment to have it removed simply because that is the way their body is naturally? Of course not. It's pretty much the same issue. It's only the taboo and sensitivity that people have about their sexual organs that makes it any different.
Edited by pickletoes, 29 December 2010 - 05:53 PM.