Ac­cep­tance is the real gen­der is­sue

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Janet L. Gold­stein, Bal­ti­more

Drs. Paul McHugh and Lawrence Mayer, in de­fend­ing their “Sex­u­al­ity and Gen­der” pa­per (“Au­thors de­fend con­tro­ver­sial re­port on sex­u­al­ity,” Oct. 12), make a point of in­sist­ing that sex­u­al­ity is strictly bi­nary (male is male, fe­male is fe­male and there is noth­ing in be­tween), and that sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is nei­ther in­nate nor im­mutable.

At the end of the day, who cares whether same-sex at­trac­tion is a choice? If it is, it’s a per­fectly valid choice. As to what used to be called “gen­der dys­pho­ria,” since the only ef­fec­tive treat­ment is al­low­ing trans­gen­der peo­ple to live as who they feel they re­ally are, who cares whether any­one can pin­point a bi­o­log­i­cal ba­sis for it?

It’s far more im­por­tant to em­brace diver­sity in all its forms and to build a safe and eq­ui­table world for all.

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