Do you believe that gender dysphoria is a real condition?
If so, how far should we go to respect those who suffer from it?
I have several friends with gender dysphoria. Usually they request to be referred to as “They” instead of “he” or “she”. Some of them have changed their names to fit their preferred gender.
In general, I support it. Gender dysphoria is a condition that has been studied and shown to exist by many psychologists. I even remember reading about why it happens, the brain development that leads to the mismatch between sex and gender. It doesn’t sound fun, either, and I kinda feel like the least I can do is refer to them with gender-neutral pronouns. I don’t necessarily support their decisions, but I can show respect for their condition.
The other day, I found a Facebook thread with a Evangelical Christian arguing against the existence of gender dysphoria and idk, I had to step in. So I went and I told him that while a religion can certainly say it’s wrong to dress or act like the opposite sex, it can’t erase the fact that there are some people who feel compelled to do so. Basically arguing with him in favor of respect for gender dysphoria. I don’t think I acted wrongly. If I had gender dysphoria, I would still accept the fact that I am female and I wouldn’t request to be treated like a boy or anything, but I would not want people erasing and de-legitimatizing my struggle. Kind of like homosexuality. The feelings are real and present, and although you shouldn’t act on them, it’s nice to have people around you who accept that the struggle you are facing is real.
Do you know what I mean? What do you think?
Edit: I’m not referring to transsex people who actually go through surgery to modify their bodies. I would never support that. Just transgender folks who prefer to dress and act and be treated a certain way to fit the gender they think they should have been assigned.