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Crystal Dey – Bemidji Pioneer – Thursday, 12 December 2013 (originally published 06 Dec)

Monte Draper

Image: Bemidji Pioneer

Transition is not simply the surgery and is not a simple process. To start, a patient must begin counseling sessions and undergo testing to be diagnosed as having “gender identity disorder.” Once that is official, hormone therapy begins. Taking female hormones encourages breast development, widens hips, inhibits facial hair growth and raises vocal pitch.

According to GLAAD, gender identity is a person’s internal sense of being male or female. For transgender people, their birth-assigned sex and their gender identity do not match. GLAAD deems gender identity disorder as an offensive diagnosis. However, at this time, it is a necessary diagnosis for transgender people to proceed with transition. . .

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