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This web site started
out as a small information resource on Intersex Conditions. However,
because there are intersex individuals who reject the gender role of
their rearing and may even seek cross-gender surgical reassignment,
the issue of Gender Identity was also relevant and much information
was added on that topic as well. Today this site has information relevant
to intersexed people and transsexual people who desire the social and/or
physical facets of the opposite sex to that in which they were raised.
The primary focus
is on the medical approach to these problems. Not everyone who exhibits
GID is comfortable with the pathological approach to diagnosis or treatment.
The focus on the medicalization of the problem is in no way intended
to marginalize anyone. In fact, when properly applied the "medical
model" is quite accommodating to a wide spectrum of gender identities
Anyone who has experienced
a gender disorder will tell you that they were not "talked into"
it, nor can they be "talked out of it." In the past medical
science attempted to "cure" people with gender disorders of
what was usually viewed as being "delusional." Following a
Victorian-era belief that the seat of sex was in the genitals, doctors
erroneously placed the weight of "sexual identity" on the
organs of reproduction. "Treatments" involved draconian, stereo-typical
concepts of gender roles and sexual orientation as well as drug and
"shock" therapies that harmed gender patients far more than
Hopefully the days
of those horror stories are behind us now. But there are STILL some
doctors practicing in the field who follow out-dated protocols or, due
to their own prejudices, believe the gender patient can, and needs,
to be "cured" by dissuasion.
Today most people
in the medical community follow internationally recognized protocols
for the diagnosis and treatment of gender patients, which when applied
correctly, are aimed at alleviating psychological distress. There is
also now an acknowledgement that the most important "sex organ"
is the human brain.
Only in cases of
extreme Gender Dyphoria is the most radical solution to alleviating
the mental distress sought. Modern medicine has no means by which to
change a person's mind, so the focus of therapy for GID is placed on
reconfiguring the gender patient's physical form to synchronize it with
the person's psychological identity and vision of self.
This site seeks
to explore the subject of Gender Identity Disorders as a resource for
both those who are Gender Dysphoric and for those who are not but are
trying to understand it. This site is by no means authoritative on the
subject and makes no claims to that end.
If you found
the site useful, please point others to it. If you did not agree with
the information presented here, simply do not visit it again. Every
effort has been made to ensure that the information presented here is
current and valid. The site author's Editorial comments are usually
noted as such.
The content provided throughout this site is for informational purposes
only and should not be construed as medical advice or as a substitute
for proper care from a licensed specialist in the field of gender disorders.
While every effort has been made to ensure the information presented
here is accurate, no guarantees are made as to the accuracy and, where
possible, information is referenced as to the source.