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Transgender Agenda: Part I

Filed By Ed Team | April 10, 2006 7:10 PM | comments

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With so much already written about the Gay Agenda that there is a special category in this blog dedicated to it, I thought I should give some voice to the Transgender Agenda. I will speak from personal and collective experiences only and not from my affiliations with fine organizations such as the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA) or Indiana Equality (IE). Even though the transgender spectrum is much broader than my locus as a post-operative Male to Female Transexual (MtF), I will attempt to speak for the whole gender community, including FtM's.

This is the first of a 3-part series on the Transgender Agenda. Part 1 will address our Bill of Rights, Part 2 will address our most pressing concerns, and Part 3 will address what a gender-honoring society might look like. While I do welcome comments, I will ask that the comments which point out possible omissions in the Transgender Agenda be withheld until this series is complete.

The International Bill of Gender Rights listed below was the outcome of the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy, proposed, revised, and ammended 1993-1995. Although ICTLEP and the International Bill of Gender Rights (IBGR) is non-binding and somewhat dated, it remains the most significant product of an organization which is no longer active. The IBGR, I believe, is germaine for transgenders today. I consider it to be the cornerstone of our platform. Please consider carefully the ten rights below.

I. The Right To Define Gender Identity

All human beings carry within themselves an ever-unfolding idea of who they are and what they are capable of achieving. The individual's sense of self is not determined by chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Thus, the individual's identity and capabilities cannot be circumscribed by what society deems to be masculine or feminine behavior. It is fundamental that individuals have the right to define, and to redefine as their lives unfold, their own gender identities, without regard to chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Therefore, all human beings have the right to define their own gender identity regardless of chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role; and further, no individual shall be denied Human or Civil Rights by virtue of a self-defined gender identity which is not in accord with chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.

II. The Right To Free Expression Of Gender Identity

Given the right to define one's own gender identity, all human beings have the corresponding right to free expression of their self-defined gender identity. Therefore, all human beings have the right to free expression of their self-defined gender identity; and further, no individual shall be denied Human or Civil Rights by virtue of the expression of a self-defined gender identity.

III. The Right To Secure And Retain Employment And To Receive Just Compensation

Given the economic structure of modem society, all human beings have a right to train for and to pursue an occupation or profession as a means of providing shelter, sustenance, and the necessities and bounty of life, for themselves and for those dependent upon them, to secure and retain employment, and to receive just compensation for their labor regardless of gender identity, chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to train for and to pursue an occupation or profession, nor be denied the right to secure and retain employment, nor be denied just compensation for their labor, by virtue of their chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role, or on the basis of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.

IV. The Right Of Access To Gendered Space And Participation In Gendered Activity

Given the right to define one's own gender identity and the corresponding right to free expression of a self-defined gender identity, no individual should be denied access to a space or denied participation in an activity by virtue of a self-defined gender identity which is not in accord with chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Therefore, no individual shall be denied access to a space or denied participation in an activity by virtue of a self-defined gender identity which is not in accord with chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.

V. The Right To Control And Change One's Own Body

All human beings have the right to control their bodies, which includes the right to change their bodies cosmetically, chemically, or surgically, so as to express a self-defined gender identity. Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to change their bodies as a means of expressing a self-defined gender identity; and further, individuals shall not be denied Human or Civil Rights on the basis that they have changed their bodies cosmetically, chemically, or surgically, or desire to do so as a means of expressing a self-defined gender identity.

VI. The Right To Competent Medical And Professional Care

Given the individual's right to define one's own gender identity, and the right to change one's own body as a means of expressing a self-defined gender identity, no individual should be denied access to competent medical or other professional care on the basis of the individual's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to competent medical or other professional care when changing their bodies cosmetically, chemically, or surgically, on the basis of chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role.

VII. The Right To Freedom From Psychiatric Diagnosis Or Treatment

Given the right to define one's own gender identity, individuals should not be subject to psychiatric diagnosis or treatment solely on the basis of their gender identity or role. Therefore, individuals shall not be subject to psychiatric diagnosis or treatment as mentally disordered or diseased solely on the basis of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.

VIII. The Right To Sexual Expression

Given the right to a self-defined gender identity, every consenting adult has a corresponding right to free sexual expression. Therefore, no individual's Human or Civil Rights shall be denied on the basis of sexual orientation; and further, no individual shall be denied Human or Civil Rights for expression of a self-defined gender identity through sexual acts between consenting adults.

IX. The Right To Form Committed, Loving Relationships And Enter Into Marital Contracts

Given that all human beings have the right to free expression of self-defined gender identities, and the right to sexual expression as a form of gender expression, all human beings have a corresponding right to form committed, loving relationships with one another, and to enter into marital contracts, regardless of their own or their partner's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role. Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to form committed, loving relationships with one another or to enter into marital contracts by virtue of their own or their partner's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role, or on the basis of their expression of a self-defined gender identity.

X. The Right To Conceive, Bear, Or Adopt Children; The Right To Nurture And Have Custody Of Children And To Exercise Parental Capacity

Given the right to form a committed, loving relationship with another, and to enter into marital contracts, together with the right to express a self-defined gender identity and the right to sexual expression, individuals have a corresponding right to conceive and bear children, to adopt children, to nurture children, to have custody of children, and to exercise parental capacity with respect to children, natural or adopted, without regard to chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, or initial gender role, or by virtue of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof. Therefore, individuals shall not be denied the right to conceive, bear, or adopt children, nor to nurture and have custody of children, nor to exercise parental capacity with respect to children, natural or adopted, on the basis of their own, their partner's, or their children's chromosomal sex, genitalia, assigned birth sex, initial gender role, or by virtue of a self-defined gender identity or the expression thereof.

I suspect that many of my readers will see a striking symmetry between the Gay Agenda and the Transgender Agenda, with one striking difference. In 1987, the American Psychiatric Association, ceased listing homosexuality as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM III-R). Gender Identidy Disorder (GID) remains listed as a mental disorder even today in the DSM IV. This means that multiple psychiatric/clinical psychological evaluations and approvals are required for chemical and surgical transitions, and even changing gender markers on personal identification cards, drivers license, and public records.

For all my gay and lesbian readers, please remember that 19 years is not a very long period of freedom from being medically tagged as defective or disordered. On behalf of all my transgender brothers ans sisters, I invite you to pray for and envision our same freedom. The DSM V is scheduled to be released in 2011.


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