Not a Debate Thread, "For Educational Purposes"Hey Everyone, I have seen many messages that are very bad, and others say some stuff that is very offensive, even if they say its an opinion. So I am making this thread to try and educate people, and not just players on EMC, Maybe even their family.Many people think that Trans is a Choice. They think that is something that you choose to do.Trans is NOT a Choice, the choice to transition is a choice, as that is when you choose to live the live you are inside.Transgender can be defined by the Following DefinitionGender identity disorder (GID) or transsexualism is defined by strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one's own assigned sex. People with GID desire to live as members of the opposite sex and often dress and use mannerisms associated with the other gender. For instance, a person identified as a boy may feel and act like a girl. This is distinct from homosexuality in that homosexuals nearly always identify with their apparent sex or gender.Identity issues may manifest in a variety of different ways. For example, some people with normal genitals and secondary sex characteristics of one gender privately identify more with the other gender. Some may cross-dress, and some may actually seek sex-change surgery. Others are born with ambiguous genitalia, which can raise identity issues.Associated Features and Disorders of Gender Identity DisorderMany individuals with gender identity disorder become socially isolated, whether by choice or through ostracization, which can contribute to low self-esteem and may lead to school aversion or even dropping out. Peer ostracism and teasing are especially common consequences for boys with the disorder.Boys with gender identity disorder often show marked feminine mannerisms and speech patterns.The disturbance can be so pervasive that the mental lives of some individuals revolve only around activities that lessen gender distress. They are often preoccupied with appearance, especially early in the transition to living in the opposite sex role. Relationships with parents also may be seriously impaired. Some males with gender identity disorder resort to self-treatment with hormones and may (very rarely) perform their own castration or penectomy. Especially in urban centers, some males with the disorder may engage in prostitution, placing them at a high risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Suicide attempts and substance-related disorders are common.Children with gender identity disorder may manifest coexisting separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and symptoms of depression.Adolescents are particularly at risk for depression and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.Adults may display anxiety and depressive symptoms. Some adult males have a history of transvestic fetishism as well as other paraphilias. Associated personality disorders are more common among males than among females being evaluated at adult gender clinics.(Generalized)SymptomsChildren:Express the desire to be the opposite sexHave disgust with their own genitalsBelieve that they will grow up to become the opposite sexAre rejected by their peer group and feel isolatedHave depressionHave anxietyAdults:Desire to live as a person of the opposite sexWish to be rid of their own genitalsDress in a way that is typical of the opposite sexFeel isolatedHave anxietyIf you have any of these, See the Support Section of the Thread, Do not Self Diagnose yourself!To be clinically diagnosed with GID:A. Must persistently and strongly identify with the opposite gender (aside from desiring any perceived cultural advantage of being the other gender). In children, the disturbance is manifested by four (or more) of the following:In adolescents and adults, the disturbance is manifested by symptoms such as a stated desire to be the other sex, frequent passing as the other sex, desire to live or be treated as the other sex, or the conviction that he or she has the typical feelings and reactions of the other sex.B. A persistent discomfort with his or her sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex. Must have strong discomfort with own gender and may express these qualities:Boys:Disgust with own genitalsBelief that genitals will disappear or that it would be preferable not to have a penisRejection of male activities such as rough and tumble play, games and toysGirls:Rejection of urinating in seated positionDesire not to develop breasts or menstruateClaims that she will have a penisStrong dislike for typical female clothingIn adolescents and adults, the disturbance is manifested by symptoms such as preoccupation with getting rid of primary and secondary sex characteristics (such as request for hormones, surgery or other procedures to physically alter sexual characteristics to simulate the other sex) or belief that he or she was born the wrong sex.C. The disturbance is not concurrent with physical intersex condition.D. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.