Better late than never

Date: 2004-10-26 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I agree with you about the frequency of suicidal ideation among the transgendered, though I will add that I have been less frequently depressed myself since figuring out what was the matter with me. As with many psychological phenomena, there are individual differences.

I'm only f/m though. There are fewer social taboos against masculine females than feminine males, so in many cases, especially those of us who aren't 'out' in our everyday lives, the difficulties are a lot less significant. Obviously, however, that is a very subjective statement. Over the years, I have heard far more unpleasant stories (murders, beatings, rapes) involving m/f transgendered persons.

Given how unpleasant the lives of the m/f transgendered can be made by society, their families, friends, and so forth, I have no doubt that suicide might sometimes seem preferable to some of them. Not to mention the anxiety caused by dissatisfaction with one's own body.

It would be interesting to make a study of known TS/TG and see if any correlation between their identity and early surgical intervention exists.

I have only known a few people who are transgendered, and none of them well enough to speak to that specific question. However, in my case, this isn't so. I'm relatively normal. But I am also sure that there are many cases where early surgical intervention could have precipitated some difficulty with gender identity. I would like to think that it's rare.

Sometimes I just wish our families and our society would just let us be who we are. I think that would solve a lot of our problems.
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