|Drinking The Transgender Kool-aid®|
|Opinion - Global Warning|
|Lisa Jain Thompson|
|Monday, 30 July 2007 20:00|
Rhiannon O’Donnabhain, the IRS, and TG Madness
Springfield, VA, USA. You have to expect that gender spectrum sociologists, who insist there is one BIG T umbrella that encompasses both the people born with Harry Benjamin Syndrome (HBS — a.k.a Transsexuality) and the vast ocean of gender variants in society, to drink the Transgender Kool-aid®.
But you certainly don’t expect your lawyers to swallow that babbling fountain of soft science and what passes in the modern world for deep academic thought.
When Rhiannon O’Donnabhain, a 57 year old woman born transsexual, underwent sex reassignment surgery (SRS), she deducted $25,000 for the cost of the operation as a medical expenses on the tax return she filed with the United States Internal Revenue Service (SRS).
The IRS disallowed the SRS, ruling the operation was cosmetic. How could the IRS come to that conclusion? HBS or Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is recognized as a disorder by the American Psychological Association (APA). ¹
Rounding Up the Usual Suspects
In simple English, you are a man because you dress and act like a man; you are a woman because you dress and act like a woman (presumably while wearing lipstick and other make-up).
Whether you have a vagina or a penis (put crudely, a hole or a pole) is meaningless. There are no depths of meaning, gender is only on the surface: presentation is everything.
You are a man because you say you are. Reality is what you make it.
The second group of suspects is the Transgenderists, that army of crossdressers, the gender deviants and rebels, combined with a handful of true transgenders, who have bought what the gender theorists are selling and insist that they are who they say they are.
This second group is behind the drive for multiple official identification (one ID with a male name and gender, one with the femme name and gender when they are out as Desiree´) and the demand to enter any restroom of their desire based on their gender choice du jour.
One of the key transgender dogmas is that there is no different between being Transsexual (with HBS) and being Transgender. We are all the same and they, the transgenderists, are transsexuals
The bottom line is, in the world of transgenders, the decision to have sex reassignment surgery is a cosmetic CHOICE, like the dress you wear on Friday nights, not a necessary medical treatment. In the transgender world view, people born transsexual are transgenders who have gone a bridge too far.
That this transgender non-operation option rationalizes what may otherwise be seen by an outsider as gender cross dressing allows transgenderists to claim
a claim which both belittles those with HBS and dismisses their real need to be treated with sex reassignment surgery.
The Court Case
Although, when I write this, whether the IRS or Ms. O’Donnabhain prevail is unknown, the handling of her case by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is suspect for several reasons.
GLAD, in their absolute sureness and belief in the rightness of their cause and anticipating a slam dunk win over the IRS, went into the tax court without a full array of the weapons at their disposal. O’Donnabhain may still win her case, but it will not be because the GLAD attorneys fought a good fight. If GLAD wins, they will win because they are lucky, not because of the competency of their arguments; if they lose, they will have lost because of their own ineptness, and that ineptness might provide an opening for social conservatives to join with the great transgender army in the belief that sex reassignment surgery is an option only chosen by the crazy ones .
It’s time to send the great transgender umbrella to the junkyard and admit, one and all:
Those of us born transsexual do a disservice to Dr. Benjamin, if we allow his life’s work to be swept away by the fashionable politics of the moment.
¹ The APA lists the following criteria for GID (HBS):
The DSM-IV also provides a code for gender disorders that did not fall into these criteria. This diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (GIDNOS, 302.6) is similar to other "NOS" diagnoses, and can be given for, for example:
² Autogynephilia (AG) is the discredited theory that there are two, and only two types of transsexuals, one of which is associated with AG. Blanchard breaks down transsexuals into homosexual and non-homosexual transsexuals with the latter having AG.
Blanchard defines AG as "a man's paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of himself as a woman" and asserts that Male to Female (MtF) transsexuals who undergo sex reassignment surgery are the extreme form of AG.
Peer review in recognized Scientific Journals and further research have found Blanchard’s data to be erroneous and his theory without foundation.
Transgenderists remain the most vocal supporters of this disproven theory as AG supports the transgender position that those born with Harry Benjamin Syndrome are an extreme form of transgender who are fixated on obtaining needless surgery.
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