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Mar 14, 2022
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Many organizations claiming they represent trans people have declared "transsexual" outdated, offensive, and politically incorrect, and have made transsexuals nothing more than binary transgender people medically altering their bodies through hormones by choice.  They would have people believe significant progress had been made for transsexuals by queer and transgender activists freeing people with gender identities different from their biological sex from unreasonable arbitrary restraints placed upon them by society or culture, based on gender.  Because they've been socially liberated by the Transgender Movement, binary trans people still persisting with their own ideas about themselves not being transgender, like others with gender feelings differing from traditional cultural expectations, but transsexuals born with a neurobiological condition, do so for purely prejudiced reasons preventing them from appreciating how they've benefited. They simply cannot accept themselves being associated by others with anything considered unusual about being their gender. Not so fast, says Doctor Adrian de Silva, a research scientist investigating trans and queer social activist movements for the University of Luxembourg, pointing out how people getting surgeries on their bodies haven't been doing so for cultural purposes, but because their physical anatomy was their problem.  Transsexuals had been insisting they needed medical treatment for fixing themselves biologically and being like any other male or female persons, afterwards, long before ideas about gender identity or transgender rights even existed, and other people with an entirely different concern with how they were inhibited by society and cultural expectations based on gender expression had come later: "Currently, there is a controversy among social movement lobby organisations over the issue whether there are two separate social movements, i. e. a trans movement and a transsexual movement or whether we are dealing with one social movement, i. e. the trans movement. This rift in the social movement features most prominently* [in Germany] *between the organisation ATME e.V. and other major trans movement lobby organisations and networks considered in this study. Representatives of the perspective that there are two social movements present two arguments to support their perspective. First, subsuming transsexuality under any umbrella term, such as ›trans‹ or ›transgender‹ renders transsexual individuals invisible. Second, subsuming transsexual individuals under the umbrella term ›trans‹ and the ›transsexual movement‹ under ›trans movement‹ disregards self-determination (Schicklang 2013)." --Negotiating the Borders of the Gender Regime, Perspectives on the trans movement, Adrian de Silva, © 2018  Verlag, Bielefeld; Luxembourg Meet Kim Anja Schicklang, Co-founder and Chairwoman for The Association For Transsexual Human Rights Activism (Der Verein Aktion Transsexualität und Menschenrecht) She argues transsexuals suffer from intersex neurobiology (which makes them suffer socially, mentally, and emotionally) but disagrees with terms like "gender dysphoria" and "gender identity" for describing their condition and wants transsexuality depathologized based on the brain being a sexual organ because neuroanatomy regulates nervous system function and interacts with sex hormones, diverging from transmedicalist viewpoints surrounding Harry Benjamin's terminology.  Championing U.N. affirmed human rights positions, she extensively documents how transsexuals routinely have their human rights violated and essential medical care denied by authorities behaving like they're people with psychological problems and irrational beliefs rather than people with a sexual condition.  However, her campaign for depathologizing transsexualilty, while internationally successful with agencies like the World Health Organization, hasn't been embraced by many transsexuals or groups responsible for transsexual health because ATME e.V. doesn't address how severely transsexuals' mental health (and, consequently, their lives) gets impacted by having their nervous condition. Schicklang's success leading transsexuals towards recognition separate from queer and transgender persons has been limited by her limited support from others within LGBT circles.  Her petition for adding another "T" to LGBTQIA (proposing LGBTTIQ) failed miserably.  Authors point out her position doesn't adequately deflect accusations spearheaded by both gay and lesbian gender critical radicals threatened by brain sex theory which have suggested transsexuals separating themselves from "transgender" don't acknowledge nonbinary people, leveled against transmedicalists. So, unless she can combine efforts with another transsexual activist group leader championing a position recognizing both gender dysphoria and nonbinary people, the transsexual movement will likely have difficulty achieving support from within the medical establishment and LGBT. You can find out more about Schicklang's organization here:

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