KW, still twisting my words, for the record: being sick is not horrible. Blanket judging the transgender as mental ill horrible. first thing, let’s revisit your original comment (to Jill Di Donato’s piece, writing about a third person, Ariele Max):
Soz dude, if you were born a girl, and don’t feel like you were born in the wrong body, you’re a girl.
Dismissive, combative, antagonizing. Textbook trolling. ‘nuff said.
Later on you showed that you are able to treat the topic with more thought, and I am happy to engage you on those points. I will make the disclaimer that I am a layperson, but I think I’m reasonably ‘woke’ and have known enough straights, gays and trans to realize that everyone has their issues and to know better than to lump any one group as dysfunctional or mentally ill.
Let’s recap your main thesis:
Being transgender is real, and it IS a mental illness […] Gender dysphoria is a real mental illness; and the treatment is transition.
Since you go on to reference the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) to support your bias, let me inline the following paragraph from Wikipedia (bold highlights are mine) — clearly it states that gender non-conformity is not itself a disorder. The distress associated with it is what is called out as the condition to be treated — and this is where I argue that the distress comes in large part from a misinformed, judgmental, intolerant, fearful-of-outliers society:
GID [Gender Identity Disorder] was reclassified to gender dysphoria by the DSM-5. Some transgender people and researchers support declassification of GID because they say the diagnosis pathologizes gender variance, reinforces the binary model of gender, and can result in stigmatization of transgender individuals. The official reclassification as gender dysphoria in the DSM-5 may help resolve some of these issues, because the term gender dysphoria applies only to the discontent experienced by some persons resulting from gender identity issues. The American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the DSM-5, states that "gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition.”