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Published: Friday, Jan. 31 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Southern, UT

Please excuse my ignorance. What is the definition of a transgender person? Are they male, but want to be female? Have they been changed from one gender into another? I think it is important to the debate that we understand the definition.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Question for those who support people like this:

What makes someone a male and what makes someone a female?

If the only definition they can come up with is "whatever they feel like" then why does society ever separate the genders at all?

My 4 year old nephew knows the difference. Medical professionals designate either male/female at birth.

If a new definition is being propsed I'd love to hear it.

Sandy, UT

JMHO - the definition people often use is one person born with the physical characteristics of one gender but "identify" with the other, regardless of any actual physical transformation.
That "definition" is of course bizarre and completely wrong as simply identifying as something hardly makes that person the thing they "identify" with

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

@Chris B

Chris, We'll never agree on many issues but then once in a while you hit the nail on the head!

B ob
Richmond, CA

Just two comments::

The article fails to report what the girls who use the girls bathroom feel about having a transgender student in there.

I think that transgender children should, for the purpose of public school bathrooms, use the gender noted on their birth certificate.

Kearns, UT

"Transgender" is, as far as I understand it, identifying a person who has specifically had a surgery which effectively rendered them the opposite gender from that of their birth, and it would not be used when referring to someone who, say, dresses as the opposite gender, or otherwise identifies as such.

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