Essay on Gender Dysphoria, Gender Identity Disorder ( Gid )

1076 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Gender Dysphoria, Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or Transsexuality is the unease or general dissatisfaction with your sex or gender you were born with. Those who suffer with these disorders believe that the sex (biological function) they were born with does not match their gender (what behavior and ideology is learned and performed). A study in 1993 and in 1999 found that 1 in 11,000 men (0.009%) and 1 in 30,000 women (0.003%) suffer from or seek treatment for gender dysphoria (Bakker, van Kesteren, Gooren, & Bezemer, 1993; Cohen-Kettenis & Gooren, 1999). While there are both transgender females (Male to Female) and transgender males (Female to Male), there are almost 3 times more Male to Female than the opposite. The first transgender surgeries started in the 1950’s (Heyer, Walt). Hormone Therapy (the injection of Testosterone or Estrogen) is also very popular, and is more common than Gender Reassignment Surgery (GReS) because it is cheaper, there are quick and easy-to-see results, and it is easily reversible.
With Gender Identity Disorder comes the hopeless feeling of being trapped in a body not meant for you. Because of the stigmatization of transsexuality, this leads to an increase in violence and over-all unhappiness. Many of those that suffer with GID have experienced discrimination, harassment, violence, or medical neglect, before coming out as transgender, and after (Hume, Maggi). Even though this is the case, they still fully believe and realize that their…

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