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General Concerns
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comprises many dimensions— biology (chromosomes,
anatomy, and hormones), brain (internal sense of self), and
expression (modes of behavior, manner of dress).
Sexual attraction and gender identity, while usually linked (as
in men are typically attracted to women, women are usually
attracted to men) are actually separate aspects of human
sexuality. The term transsexual refers to someone who
internally identifies as the opposite gender to that which
s/he was assigned at birth by her/his anatomy. Sophisticated
animal experiments and human autopsy studies have
revealed findings in the brain that show that some brains are
gendered one way, while the body is gendered the other.
Many transsexuals, understandably, suffer from dysphoria
from this incongruence. The most appropriate course of
action for such people is to “transition”—that is, to change
their bodies to reflect their real gender identity. This can be
accomplished in many ways, which might include hormonal
treatments and/or surgery. Students who proceed with this
transitional process often experience physical, social,
emotional, and financial hardships. Being aware and
educated about the range of identities will promote the
open, tolerant, and academically supportive environment
necessary for students to thrive.