Video: The Science of Being Transgender

Video: The Science of Being Transgender

Most people are cisgender, meaning that their gender identity corresponds with their birth sex; however, some people are transgender, meaning their gender identity and birth sex are different. Increasingly, scientists have been working to help us understand what accounts for this gender variability, and research suggests that the answers may have to do with both genetics and the brain. 

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John Oliver on the Challenges of Being Transgender (Video)

John Oliver on the Challenges of Being Transgender (Video)

In the last few years, LGBT rights have advanced greatly in America; however, most of the benefits have gone to the Ls, Gs, and Bs. Far fewer have gone to the Ts. For instance, among the many states that have amended their non-discrimination laws, more have included sexual orientation than gender identity. Such disparities are likely a big part of the reason why trans individuals face higher rates of harassment and violence.

In a recent segment from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver takes an in-depth look at the current state of transgender rights in America.

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Video: Transforming Gender

Video: Transforming Gender

In the last few weeks, Caitlyn Jenner has become the public face of transgenderism around the world. Jenner's courageous decision to undergo her transition in the public eye has undoubtedly helped many people better understand and accept trans persons; however, it is important to keep in mind that the trans community is incredibly diverse and not all transgendered persons have the same level of fame, financial means, and support as Jenner. In light of this, I wanted to share a documentary entitled Transforming Gender, which profiles eleven transgendered persons living in Canada.

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Sex Question Friday: How Does Female-To-Male Sex Reassignment Surgery Work?

Sex Question Friday: How Does Female-To-Male Sex Reassignment Surgery Work?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know the following:

For female-to-male transsexual individuals, is it possible to construct a fully sexually-functional penis? Is it possible for them to get erections? That seems like a really difficult medical procedure.

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