On Monday morning (1 June 2015) the world awoke to news of the 65 year old Bruce Jenner ex husband to Kris Jenner being fully transferred to a woman.
The news were brought to light by international magazine, Vanity Fair which had a cover of the now Caitlyn Jenner in her new body. The reveal has brought to light transgender or in medical terms known as Gender Dysphoria- the state of having feelings of the gender opposite to one anatomically classified as, this could be a person classified as a male due to him having a penis feeling like they are female.
Transgender can also be explained as women dressing and behaving as men or men dressing and behaving as women. Being transgendered can be confused as being transsexual which it a person with both male and female anatomy, or homosexual which explains a person being sexually attracted to people of the same sex as they are. Even though they might all fall in the same Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group they are in their respect different and cannot be confused to one being the other.
People with Gender Dysphoria will typically have feelings of dissatisfaction towards their anatomy and struggle in linking what they are to who they truly are. It all starts from childhood years where a boy, for example will prefer to play with dolls as oppose to cars or favour female sports like netball as oppose to rugby. When playing house they are comfortable in being a mom or a girl and will play dress up with mom’s heels and makeup and would cry over carrying a Barbie lunch box to school.
Here are a few pointers of kids with Gender Dysphoria
-They refer to themselves as being the gender they feel they are as oppose to that they physically look like e.g. a girl thinking she is a boy and would compare herself to the father and would do things done by the father.
-They tend to despise their genitals and would indicate their wishes to make them disappear
-They are inclined to have friends of the opposite gender e.g. a girl would enjoying playing with boys and not so much with girls.
-They reject toys that kids of their gender would play with e.g. girls finding amusement in playing with soccer balls, trucks and guns.
-As young as they are they can pick up that their behaviour does not match that of other kids in the same gender.
When reaching teenage years feelings will intensify but most likely will be suppressed because people with Gender Dysphoria will now have greater understanding of how a “normal” person should act and how society reacts to things and people that don’t fit the “normal” category. Most of them will conform to having a girlfriend and later on getting married and having babies like Caitlyn Jenner.
Here are further pointers for teenager and young adults with Gender Dysphoria
-They try avoiding showers at sporting facilities
-They will most likely find themselves having no friends
-They hate the way they look and avoid mirrors
The transformation needs severe therapy for the parents and the affected party. It is through the guidance of the psychologist that further steps can be taken. This including, for kids Puberty blocks– a process preventing e.g. development in breasts and menstruation in girls. There are also Hormone replacement injections and pills, these help in transgendered women and men develop organs that will assist in their transformation; for men, they will typically develop a deeper voice, facial hair and muscular body and for women, there will be formation of breasts, lower voice and a famine body structure like curves and lastly having Hormone Sex Reassignment Surgery were genitals are cut and made to look like those desired by the patient.