There are some highly intelligent people who are transgender and transsexual and none to my knowledge suffer from mental illness. If anything they have suffered and tolerated dysphoria to a degree many people would find unbearable. We don't need to fix them we need to fix society which is something Benjamin repeated several times in his landmark book.
We should not be fighting amongst ourselves but instead focus on letting
all people live with a degree of dignity and respect that all humans
deserve regardless of their gender identification.
Oh, Joanna says it so well. She, like myself, has been on a life-long quest to discover why she is the way she is. In that journey, she discovered the writings of Harry Benjamin, a German born, American endocrinologist and sexologist widely known for his clinical work with transsexualism [from Wikipedia]. One of Benjamin's best known works, at least in the transgender community, is The Transsexual Phenomenon, which was first published in 1966.
I enjoyed Joanna's comments in her post, Benjamin's legacy. It's a short post, but worth reading.
By the way, you can always find a link to The Transsexual Phenomenon on the right side of the T-Central home page, under the Articles section. This is a very easy to read book. Once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. I strongly recommend it.
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