Okay, first, I believe wholeheartedly in people being able to claim the identity they believe they are, that works for them. I also believe transgender people are not sick (and science is starting to back me up on this) because gender is more than skin.
Having said that, I am going to be talking to you about other Trans people today. Basically, the transracial and transabled.
Transracial people are those who believe they are a different race when they really aren’t, at least, they feel like they are on the inside. They believe they were born with the wrong skin color and generally don’t have any close blood relatives of that race.
Why don’t I believe this is possible? Because the color of a person’s skin is LITERALLY skin deep. There is no discernible difference in the brain of, say, an Asian person and a Hispanic person. Everything else is culture and societal influence, nothing to genetically make someone FEEL they are a different hue. Science has long studied the brains of different races, especially those white scientists who dreamed of being able to “prove” white superiority. They didn’t. They can’t. It doesn’t exist. So, there.
Transabled people are those who think their bodies would be perfect… once they’re missing an arm, or are blind, or deaf, or paralyzed. They believe they are SUPPOSED to be disabled and will even try to hurt themselves to become the particular disability they seek.
Okay… this is a harder one for me. Most of the disabilities transabled people believe they have/want are the more romanticized ones. No one wants to have chronic pain, a disabled accent because of severe Cerebral Palsy, or a colostomy bag. No one prays for a late-onset disability like Parkinson’s or a genetic disease.
Your body is supposed to be functional in its design. There would be no purpose for an evolutionary drive to become… lacking… in a particular area. I willingly give transabled people this: They may have a mental disability of some kind which makes them want to impair themselves.
There are, of course, genetic disabilities, but, as far as I know, not a rampant desire in someone’s DNA to become disabled.
There are also other types of trans people. There are transaged (feeling like a different age than you are) or transfat (feeling like a different size than you are). I always thought the level of maturity was one of the key things that made you feel a certain age. And, as far as feeling extremely fat when you’re not, that’s generally a symptom of someone who has an eating disorder, like anorexia.
Have you heard of the new “trans” people? what do you think?