I watched it from the perspective of a parent, a science geek, a human interest story, and through the eyes of Josie. Then I went to the comments, where a young woman had posted this:
I understand what you are saying too, you are saying not to make early and hasty decisions on whether a child is transgender not, however a transgender child knows. I knew when I was young, I was forced to live as someone I never was, and it nearly cost me my life. There is a great deal of ridicule on this subject, yet I can tell you without a second doubt that no matter how much you may try to change a transgenderd individuals mind, you just wont. It is a medical condition better treated young.
The effects of suffering a puberty that isn’t yours is not only humiliating, but downright degrading and self destructive. The chances of a person being transgendered are low, thankfully. I do not wish this pain on anyone. I can tell you especially due to intolerance in society, it is the worst pain you can endure.
The fact that I have survived is because of support by my parents, and I can tell you if not for their aid in receiving hormonal therapy, I would not be alive today with the chance of meeting the man of my dreams. Just to have a normal life, and have romance, make love, and have a family. That is all I ever want. I understand it is difficult for a person born in the correct body to understand, yet it does not make it any less real.
Then some asshole comes along with this shlock:
Oh brother. Do you even know what “real” means?
Do you understand what complete lack of discipline exists in psychiatry as compared to any other field of medicine? Do you understand that there is no empirical way to test if someone is schizophrenic or a psychopath or any of the other thousands of “personality disorders”? It’s all TALKING. That’s it. It is the modern day, and inexplicably accepted, version of phrenology.
Now, I think it should be clear, I believe in habeas corpus. You should do whatever you want with your body. Take whatever drugs you want, get whatever surgery you want. But don’t try to tell me you are born with the wrong body. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts. Your DNA folds proteins that construct your body INCLUDING your brain. There is no mismatching here. Your DNA is your DNA. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
No one ever feels completely “normal”. NO ONE. No one is born into the body or life they want. Everyone wants to be kryptonian. I could say “I was born into the wrong race” or “I was born the wrong height” or “I was born with the wrong eye color” and people would say I should just deal with it and that would be the normal response, but when I say “i was born the wrong gender” suddenly everyone is supposed to take me seriously?”
I attempted to reply with this, but couldn’t because YouTube HATES links in their comments and won’t allow them:
Repeating something does not make you correct. You make claims without proof. Here is some proof you are incorrect:
Epigenetics, Evolution, Endocrine Disruption, Health,
and Disease (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/faculty/lizard/public/epievoendo.pdf)
Epigenetics Underpins Homosexuality (http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/epigenetics-underpins-homosexuality/81247763/)
On the Science of Changing Sex (http://sillyolme.wordpress.com/tag/epigenetics/)
The point: if you’re going to shoot off your mouth like you know what you’re talking about, make sure you know what you’re talking about. Trans* people have the hardest time in life, period. Don’t go picking on my trans* cousins! I’ll rip you a new one if you do!