Frequently Asked Questions

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Posted  8 months  ago

What is “gender dysphoria”?

Gender dysphoria is a medical diagnosis. The American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” version 5, (the DSM-5), is the…

Gender dysphoria is a medical diagnosis.

The American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” version 5, (the DSM-5), is the professional reference for those who diagnose and treat mental health and brain-related conditions. It defines gender dysphoria for adolescents and adults as follows:

A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and their assigned gender, lasting at least 6 months, as manifested by at least two of the following:

  • A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (or in young adolescents, the anticipated secondary sex characteristics)
  • A strong desire to be rid of one’s primary and/or secondary sex characteristics because of a marked incongruence with one’s experienced/expressed gender (or in young adolescents, a desire to prevent the development of the anticipated secondary sex characteristics)
  • A strong desire for the primary and/or secondary sex characteristics of the other gender
  • A strong desire to be of the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
  • A strong desire to be treated as the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
  • A strong conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
Posted  12 months  ago

What does “transgender” mean?

The term is actually rather slippery. It has been used in the professional community to describe any type of atypical…

The term is actually rather slippery. It has been used in the professional community to describe any type of atypical expression of gender, and includes cross-dressers, gender-fluid, non-binary, and “transsexuals”.

Today, however, the term “transgender” is conventionally reserved for those whose gender identity is other than that typically associated with that they were assigned at birth, or their “biological sex”. Yes, yes... It's a fine distinction we're drawing, but labels tend to bring that out in us. :)

Posted  12 months  ago

What is this "transgender ideology"?

In truth, there is no such thing. The fearful and ignorant will cite a variety of sources that argue that…

In truth, there is no such thing. The fearful and ignorant will cite a variety of sources that argue that there is some dark campaign to "force" everyone to accept the "transgender agenda". What their is, is a rapidly growing body of knowledge about a tiny portion of the population that has been, heretofore, relatively unstudied and largely misunderstood. To the fearful and ignorant, the notion that this change is some sinister plot is an easy sell, and certain political parties (and other so-called "social conservatives") have been selling this lie like never before. Google the term "transgender ideology" and you will find dozens of links, citing all manner of dubious authorities, that breathlessly talk about this "campaign to indoctrinate us". Ususally, they will allege that this campaign is, you guessed it, targetting young people. 

Posted  11 months  ago

How can I be supportive of my transgender friend or family member?

Show this video to every last one of your friends and family who are still laboring under the ignorant assumption…

Show this video to every last one of your friends and family who are still laboring under the ignorant assumption that being transgender is wrong, or sinful. Then tell them that the family depicted therein has been forced to become refugees, fleeing to another state, thousands of miles away, to avoid persecution. Then tell them to "let that sink in". 

Do your best to use the names and pronouns that they have chosen for themselves. If you don’t know, it is always proper to ask. Just remember that “deadnaming” (using the name that they no longer use) and mis-gendering are hurtful to the trans individual, even if they are “innocent mistakes”. 
Deliberately doing these things is inexcusable.

Get support for yourself in dealing with these changes. Having a friend or loved one come out to you is something that they have taken very seriously. That act should show you that you mean a lot to them. Respect that trust by doing whatever you need to do to understand and accept. Counseling and support groups are available.

Support organizations like The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, who are currently fighting the wave of dangerous, anti-trans legislation in the U.S. Above all, do what we do, and advocate for transgender rights. As we say in Texas, “Y’all means all”, as in “...liberty and justice for all”. You don’t have to be a sign-carrying activist, but please do what you can, whenever you can, to educate those around you with the truth about transgender people.

Educate yourself. Again, there is a virtual storm of disinformation coming from certain political quarters. Seek out information published by credible sources, like The American Medical Association, The American Psychological Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics. These organizations rely on credible, peer reviewed research to arrive at a professional consensus. 

Please be aware that there are more than a few organizations that pretend to be professional in nature, and that may have names similar to legitimate professional organizations, but which are, in fact, organized by conservative political and religious organizations for the purposes of advancing their own moral or political agenda, and to try to debunk the work of genuine professional organizations.

And finally, keep doing what you are doing right now, visiting the Trans Truth website and listening to the Trans Truth Podcast!

Posted  12 months  ago

What does “gender transition” mean?

Conventionally, there are three types of “transition” Medical transition, wherein the individual undergoes various treatment regimens intended to help align…

Conventionally, there are three types of “transition”

  • Medical transition, wherein the individual undergoes various treatment regimens intended to help align the patient’s body to their identified gender.
  • Social transition, wherein the individual begins to live as the gender with which they identify.
  • Legal transition, wherein the individual pursues legal changes to public and private records, to align those records “gender markers” with their identity.

It is important to note that a transgender person may, for any of several reasons, choose to take any, all or none of these "transition" steps. This should in no way be interpreted to mean that the individual who chooses, for example, to avoid surgery, is any less "transgender".

Posted  12 months  ago

Aren’t drag queens, crossdressers, and transsexuals actually pedophiles?

No. This is just the latest in a long line of lies about gender non-comforming people, being propagated by so-called…

No. This is just the latest in a long line of lies about gender non-comforming people, being propagated by so-called conservatives.

Any even cursory examination of publicly available information, from credible sources, will show that this threat is made up.

Posted  12 months  ago

Aren’t drag queens, crossdressers and transsexuals all the same thing?

No. Not even close. Drag queens are men who identify as male, but who perform as females, typically as a…

No. Not even close.

Drag queens are men who identify as male, but who perform as females, typically as a caricature of cis women, using exaggerated costumes, wigs, and makeup.

Cross dressers are men who identify as male, but who, for various reasons, like to wear various items of women’s clothing, hair styles and/or makeup. For many, the drive is fetishistic in nature, providing sexual stimulation.

Transsexuals, and to a certain extent, gender-fluid and non-binary individuals, identify as a gender other than that aligned with their biological sex.

Posted  12 months  ago

What’s the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation?

Sexual orientation refers to whom you are sexually attracted. Gender identity is about what gender you feel yourself to be.…

Sexual orientation refers to whom you are sexually attracted. Gender identity is about what gender you feel yourself to be.

Confusion between these two very different things is common, and that confusion is commonly exploited by those who believe they might gain from fomenting the fear that might come from that confusion.

Posted  12 months  ago

Isn't gender dysphoria just a type of mental illness?

In a word, no. It is, however, a treatable condition. This is not to say that gender dysphoria can be…

In a word, no. It is, however, a treatable condition. This is not to say that gender dysphoria can be “cured”.

Despite the insistence from some uninformed sources that dangerous “conversion therapy” can “cure” transgender individuals, the only effective treatments are gender-affirming care, which may include:

  • Puberty blockers, for adolescents
  • Cross-sex hormones
  • Gender affirming surgeries
Posted  12 months  ago

Can children have gender dysporia?

Yes, but the diagnostic criteria are rather more stringent. In children the diagnosis calls for: A marked incongruence between one’s…

Yes, but the diagnostic criteria are rather more stringent. In children the diagnosis calls for:

  • A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender, lasting at least 6 months, as manifested by at least six of the following (one of which must be the first criterion):
    • A strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that one is the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
    • In boys (assigned gender), a strong preference for cross-dressing or simulating female attire;
    • In girls (assigned gender), a strong preference for wearing only typical masculine clothing and a strong resistance to the wearing of typical feminine clothing
    • A strong preference for cross-gender roles in make-believe play or fantasy play
    • A strong preference for the toys, games or activities stereotypically used or engaged in by the other gender
    • A strong preference for playmates of the other gender
    • In boys (assigned gender), a strong rejection of typically masculine toys, games, and activities and a strong avoidance of rough-and-tumble play
    • In girls (assigned gender), a strong rejection of typically feminine toys, games, and activities
    • A strong dislike of one’s sexual anatomy
    • A strong desire for the physical sex characteristics that match one’s experienced gender

We should note here that this diagnosis, in children, requires. positive findings in fairly rigid set of signs and symptoms, over an extended period of time. This puts the lie to the oft-heard assertion that parents and caregivers are indulging in childish “phases”. The diagnostic critera and standard of care are carefully designed to avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapies.

Posted  12 months  ago

How many transgender people are there?

Studies put the percentage, in the U.S. at between 0.45 and 2%. Using the total population number of the U.S.…

Studies put the percentage, in the U.S. at between 0.45 and 2%. Using the total population number of the U.S. of 334,924,490, from the U.S. Census Population Clock (census.gov), as of June 18, 2023, that works out to between 1,507,160 and 6,698,489 transgender people in the U.S. alone.

Again, coming up with an accurate number is difficult. There is a marked dearth of reliable research on this relatively small population. Surveys asking this type of question show a greater percentage identifying as transgender in younger age groups. The most reasonable explanation for this is that it has become more acceptable, whereas previous generations have been reluctant to identify.

Posted  12 months  ago