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Published: Monday, May 19 2014 7:46 a.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

As Thomas F. Meagher famously stated, "Calling a mule a race horse doesn't make it so."

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

""I didn't get any questions or hate or put-downs or anything like that," said Barnett, now 18, adding that they called him Isaac immediately — a drama-free coming-out that would have been extraordinary in schools a decade ago."

Our young generations are more and more sensitive to diversity and more secure of themselves. We should be very proud!!

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

Transgender rights have long lagged behind gay rights: the first gender identity non-discrimination law wasn't passed until 1993, while the first sexual orientation anti-discrimination law was passed in 1973.

Fortunately, transgender awareness and protections are catching up: 18 states (plus D.C.) now have gender identity protections in law, while 20 states and D.C. have sexual orientation protections. It's a slow process: state by state, and sometimes county by county and city by city.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

I teach adult education for various healthcare technical fields. I always spend part of one class talking about transgender issues and how to professionally care for and work transgender patients. I have also presented to classes on the topic at the Emory School of Nursing and at now here in Cleveland at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

I am always gratified that healthcare people, from future doctors to future phlebotomists, are eager to learn about this group of patients and to learn how to interact with sensitivity and appropriateness.

I am so glad to see that schools are learning how to treat trans students and are giving appropriate and safe space. These kids will grow up well adjusted and happy, instead of feeling abused and desperate and depressed.

Hope for the future .

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I don't get it. Some one explain it.

Tiago
Seattle, WA

Thank you for running this story. I've recently begun learning about transgender people and realizing how distressing it can be for those whose birth body doesn't match their gender. I hope that if I ever interact with a transgender person, I'll do it with as much grace and compassion as the students at Isaac's school.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@George:

This is not easy to understand.

We think of gender as a black and white thing based on genitals. Yet as far back as we have records some people have claimed they should be in the other category. Not gay, actually the other gender.

Modern science and psychology have recognized that "gender" is complex, that hormones and genetics and neurological wiring play a part that is not always visible to the naked eye. Some studies have done brain scans of Male-to-Female transgender people and found their brain function is more like female than male in significant areas. The studies have been small and are not conclusive, yet.

The person often says they are in the "wrong body," that certain parts they have are wrong and other parts are missing. This is called "gender dysphoria."

Frequently, when these patients have the "right" hormones and gender-confirming surgery they begin to function better. Often their biggest problem is people who attack them for not following gender rules.

@JCS:

Clever. Misses the reality real people having real problems. Dismissive without seeking or helping understanding.

RedWings
CLEARFIELD, UT

I dealt with a gender change issue as an HR Rep back in 1994 - 1995. We had 1,200 employees and the employee who underwent the gender change had no issues with anyone. It was all handled in an adult way by all involved.

The only concern was what restroom the employee would use (the change was from male to female). We solved it by giving the employee a key to the restroom in the main lobby. We had two single-use restrooms and she used one of them.

It seems to me that this would be a more difficult issue to deal with today. People are a lot less accomodating on both sides of any issue now. We seem to be more concerned with the demands for our own "rights" than the rights of others. We are a far less "tolerant" society now that we talk about "tolerance" so much....

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

All I can say is, thank goodness there are only two sexes.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Amazing how many groups of people, are trying to be understood.

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