Transgenderness has always existed. Imagining what it is like to be the opposite gender and sometimes wishing you were the opposite gender are such obvious subjects for human reflection. Despite that, society’s reaction to transgender behaviour has often been mixed. In human history, some cultures have made space for being transgender and occasionally even treasured it as a gift, while others have condemned it as a threat to the natural order.
We who are transgender very much regard it as a gift. Despite having to endure widespread social antagonism, it is very rare to find a transgender person who would want their transgenderness “cured” (if such a thing were possible, which it isn’t).
Our gift has only ever been bestowed on a small percentage of the population, and sometimes disappears from view for fear of persecution, but nevertheless it has always been there, a naturally occurring variation in the human experience.
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