I think the greatest pain I see for people who are transgendered, is that they are not living authentically…in their own minds, in the body they were born with–nor, after they have surgery. They still won’t be living as an authentic male or female even after surgery, and hormone treatments; so, I can only imagine the difficulties they must go through in feeling this way, and trying to make a life for themselves
I think this is dead on. Clearly from our Catholic understanding, and by the use of plain reason, we can not affirm that gender re-assignment surgery is really possible. It is only possible to make women look like men, and vice versa, in probably rather convincing ways. But in the end this is only accidental.
However, these people need our prayers, respect, sympathy and love. It also might not be our own individual place to shatter “their illusion”, which is a deeply rooted and personal crisis which most of us probably can not imagine. I think too many Christians are zealous to berate them because we understand them to be misguided.
It is certainly not our place to deny them jobs that they are otherwise perfectly capable of performing. Ultimately, we are not obligated to believe that they are really are the gender they have switched to, but we still owe them respect and dignity.
From the article, I feel the court was correct in its decision.