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.The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed.^
His theory is that boys feel attraction for those who were different from them.
Born That Way? Facts and Fiction about Homosexuality 28 January 2010 0:00 UTCwww.fairlds.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
For the 2-3% who feel they have always been homosexual .
Homosexuality - options for a way out 14 January 2010 2:12 UTCboysunderattack.com [Source type: Original source]
One of the organizations logos, this symbol combines the lavender color and the pink triangle shape with a ring denoting various genders all fused into one.
history 18 January 2010 6:06 UTCwww.ohio.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
.The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct.^
God loves you no matter what you are!
Young and Bisexual Lesbian stories 9 February 2010 14:45 UTCwww.avert.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
No, because you were born that way.
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Obama supporter: ‘God delivered me from homosexuality’ « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:00 UTCpoliticalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]
Grinding against one pole you’ll find a lesbian couple dressed in overalls that are in no way an ironic fashion statement.
Ranting Details: Homosexuality 28 January 2010 0:00 UTCwww.rantingdetails.com [Source type: General]
.This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives.^
He offers her “living water.” That special drink symbolizes the Spirit of resurrection poured out on human hearts, able to satisfy the deepest desires within us.
The NewLife Blog » Homosexuality and the Church 28 January 2010 0:00 UTCwww.newlife-glastonbury.org [Source type: Original source]
In our obsession with pleasure, we may even walk away from the God who created us -- and in the process we may cause God to abandon all the great dreams God has for our lives.
What the Bible Says - And Doesn't Say - About Homosexuality 28 January 2010 0:00 UTCwww.soulforce.org [Source type: Original source]
"Our families need to have these rights, especially people like us who live with HIV and need a shared health care plan," Freyre said.
[[File:|thumb|An activist at a transgender rally in Paris, 2005]] Transgender is a term used to describe people who may act, feel, think, or look different from the gender that they were born with. The word transgender is used to include many groups of people who share one important "trait" (a way of feeling or behaving) but may not be the same in other ways. The common trait for transgender people is that they call themselves "transgender" and feel that their given gender is not quite right. Sometimes the word "transgender" is also used by people who prefer it to the word "transsexual".
The picture in the introduction shows, as an example, a person at a transgender rally in Paris. This person indentifies herself as being of the female gender, but she shows by the sign on her hand that she has XY chromosomes. This means she was born with male sex.
Because the word "transgender" is used to cover a wide variety of people, it is called an "umbrella" word. Many different types of people think of themselves as "transgender". Many different types of people are called "transgender". Different English speakers define words in different ways. For these reasons, the term "trans people" is often used.
Some common definitions of the words used in this article are listed here. These are common ways but not agreed to by everyone:
These definitions are important to help understand that what people look like outside (sex) is not always the same as how they feel inside (gender.) Some people do not fit well into the gender binary idea. People who are transgender usually want to be called by the pronoun (ze, he or she among others) that matches their gender identity, so this article will do that.
There are many groups who are included under the 'umbrella' of transgender. Some of the bigger groups are:
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People like those who, in modern Western societies, are now identified as transgender or transsexual, have existed in many cultures and for thousands of years. However, only in the last century, has science and medicine been able to meet some of the needs for bodily change of trans people who want to change their body.
People who have traits that are different from the gender they are born with, have been accepted in some societies, both historically and now. For example, some Native American tribes accepted two-spirit people[needs proof]. Similarly a Tongan person born with a male body who acts and dresses in a female way is known in the local dialect as a "fakaleiti".[needs proof]
The "hijra" in India are born physically male, but they socialize and act as if they are women in many ways. In the past they used to castrate themselves and even remove the penis in order to urinate through a small hole. Now, with the arrival of western medicine, many hijari choose to take hormone therapies and sometimes have surgery to change their physical gender. Many of these people still call themselves "hijari", but some now call themselves "transsexuals" or "transgender women". All of these people were and are accepted in their society and many have special roles in their society.
In Western Society, there have often been people who have chosen to act and dress in a way that was not gender specific, or was not that of the gender they were born with. Cross dressing actors were very popular in the theatre of the late 19th century.
An example of a transgender person is the 19th century military surgeon who was known as James Barry. It is now believed that Barry was born female but disguised his sex all his adult life. Barry's work, which saved, and helped thousands of lives by improving treatment of wounds to stop amputations, would not have been possible, as a woman, because as a female he could never have attended medical school or entered the army.
A 20th century example of a transgender person is Jan Morris, a geographer, explorer and journalist, who began life as James Morris. As "James", Morris married and had children, but felt female and eventually became Jan Morris.
Transgender people are not always accepted in every society. They can suffer discrimination, violence, and even murder. Transgender people have fought for and have gained many rights and protections in some societies. In many places the fight for transgender rights is associated with the fight for homosexual and bisexual rights. Together these groups are sometimes called by the acronym LGBT for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender espesially since the Declaration of Montreal.
Unfortunately, like all political relationships, this is not always peaceful. Some transgender people do not want to be part of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. They may see themselves as 'straight' (heterosexual) and not feel like they belong with homosexual people. Some gay, lesbian, and bisexual people do not want to be part of the transgender community. They may see transgender people as strange or bad and worry that the rest of society will see homosexuals in that same way if transgender people are included in LGBT. However, homosexual and transgender people often have some of the same problems in society. So many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people try to work together to solve all of their problems.
Transgender people who wish to take medicine and have surgery to change their bodies face several problems. In order to change their bodies, they must have doctors who are willing to help them and make the changes. They sometimes cannot do this because doctors will not help them. They may also not be able to do this because even if a doctor would treat them, they may not be able to afford the medicine or surgery. But the Declaration of Montreal affirms that such medical care be provided for them by public health insurance.
Many transgender people do not like being labeled as having a disease, "gender identity disorder". They do not feel being transgender is an illness or disease. They see it as a 'harmless trait' like being homosexual or left-handed.
However, many transgender people depend on this diagnosis. For some people, they can only get medical and surgical treatment paid for by their government if it is to 'treat a disease.' So if it is not a disease, they will not get the medicines and surgery they need. Also, some laws protect people from discrimination if they have a disease. If transgender people do not have a disease, they do not get this protection.
This argument still goes on in both the transgender community and in the medical community that treats them.
Transgender people have problems with laws and regulations about sex. To be seen and treated as the sex they wish, transgender people usually have to change their first name. They also may want to change their identity documents to say the correct sex. For example, a transgender woman may wish to change her birth certificate or driving license to say her new female name and to say that she is a female.
These changes can protect transgender people from discrimination. For example, transgender woman who have been raped may not be allowed to go to a rape crisis center for care unless her identity papers say she is a female. These changes can also be necessary for transgender people to be allowed to marry their spouses in places where it is illegal for homosexual people to marry. These changes can even protect transgender people from violence especially the rape. Some people may be revealed to be transgender because their identity papers do not match how they look. Being revealed as transgender can put people in danger in some places because of transphobia (fear and misunderstanding of transgender people.)
Unfortunately, in many places this is hard or impossible for transgender people to change their identity documents, unless after the surgery to change sex or even after the surgery. This is changing, however. Recently the United Kingdom passed the Gender Recognition Act of 2004. This act allows people to have their change of sex officially recognized without surgery. Once changed, they have all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of their new gender.
Here are sentences from other pages on Transgender, which are similar to those in the above article.