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There is darkness.
You can’t see anything, can’t even hold anything.
You cannot see the light. There is no hope.
Try opening your eyes.

 

Dearest readers, hello. What do we have for today’s article?
The most critical of them all, I guess.


                                            Mental disorders.

 

How do you keep a secret for so long, to suppress the truth and what you really are?
Must be quite a chaotic thing to hold, is it not?
Imagine you created a new identity just so you can blend in.
Everyone likes you. You are accepted as this new person you have created within words and false smiles.
You are invited to grandiose parties, always complimented, always being bragged about to others.
But it is not who you are. You are living a lie. This is not who you really are. And the people around you believed in that lie.
So, imagine carrying such a lie for years, until you can no longer carry it with you and you implode.
You implode. Bottled emotions that were kept for years just scatter all over the place: Sadness, fear,
confusion, regret, and so much more.
The energy to get up in the morning withers away as you think to yourself, is it really worth it? They know not who I am, and if they do, they will never look at me the same way
Then, you stay in your bed for what seems like hours, for eternity, but really, only five minutes have passed by.
So you get up, and carry on with your lie because that is what you built their trust on.

 
  That is how closeted people with different sexual orientations and or gender identification feel like.

Depression, mild to severe schizophrenia, bipolarity, severe anxiety leading to panic attacks, ‘timid’ teenagers who do not know what to do when they are in public. Hell, even just talking to the cashier or some saleslady puts their thoughts on a rather chaotic state. No, I am not exaggerating. This is how they all feel. Even I have trouble talking loud in public, or just asking that girl in front of me for directions.

I stutter, I stammer, I make weird gestures; frustrated noises, a natural expression that screams ‘I-will-kill-you’ but it’s just me being me. Being stoic, actually.

Closeted teens are surrounded by misogynistic people; whether it be men or women. They have trouble dressing up, for they know whatever they do, they will be criticized for it.
No, actually, to make my statement rather clear, it is how all teenagers and young adults feel. Even adults still suffer from severe anxiety. 
I have witnessed first-hand, a female cry because she was asked several questions pertaining the subject. The mantras of ‘I don’t know, I’m sorry’ going on and on until the professor managed to calm her down.  The student, who will remain nameless, either became the topic for several conversations leading to insults or a person to avoid. Pitiful, really.

Is it not hilarious, how adults will say, ‘in our time, we did this [ put reason here ]’. Odd, really, because this is no longer their time and time changes ever so quickly. Swiftly, and with the people along with it.
They scrutinize those teenagers until they are left feeling self-conscious and with a self-depreciating mentality.

 

Faced with these kinds of adults every day, what happens to the closeted teens and young adults? They become scared of saying who they are. It feels, rather, as a block of ice covering one’s throat and drowning quietly, until there is nothing but sempiternal darkness. It goes the same with outed teens and young adults but are not accepted by family and or friends.


The result being one thing: Suicide.
This, I confess, is a grim topic to talk about. But it must be addressed. So people out there who make fun of those teens and young adults may know what it feels like.
Often, people will retaliate close-minded people with the same fire. But there is more destruction to it than learning. And perhaps, burning someone or something as well. Which is a criminal act. Arson, when it comes to property, and murder or attempted murder if it goes for the person.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand. Suicide is not a topic to be done lightly. It is serious. As serious as liver failure or cancer. With such mental disorders, we are often told to ‘get over it’, or ‘you’re overthinking’, but the truth is, isn’t your attitude the problem here and not ours?

Mental disorder, like many other health-related problems, should be treated the same and not something to ‘get over with’ or frowned upon. People die more because of this than cancer.  Who knows what ever goes on the mind of these people?

They have scars, they have tear-stained cheeks, and sometimes they give up. Those who gave up will always be remembered, but I can prove to you that these survivors will always be stronger than you.
Physically, perhaps, they have no problems, but mentally? They have demons that haunt them every night. Screaming, clawing, telling them they are not good enough. Telling them that being gay is a sin, words that ring with their parents’ voice, or perhaps, telling them that they do not deserve to live in such a world. That they deserve to die, and by doing so, they will do the world a favour.

That girl whom you made fun of? She has scars underneath that jumper she is wearing. That boy you laughed at for wearing such ‘girly’ clothes? Congratulations, he has made a suicide note and have ponder over it over time. That man you insulted because he is not really a man? Well done, he is finally dead.

Words, my dear readers, leave an impact more than actions.  Whatever you say will leave a mark on their soul and will always be remembered. They are introverts, people who are comfortable not socialising or sharing aspect of their life or problems with anyone. They are well enough on their own, but loneliness is not what they want. Of course, they need people from time to time, but being alone serves quite right at times.

Remember to know what you will say the next time you meet someone.
It will always, always be remembered.

You aim to hurt with sharp words that have jagged edges and it leaves more than it should have.
This, in particularly, with parents who do not accept their children for what they are just because
it is against their religion or it is not ‘what they wanted’ or ‘not who they are’.
These words will resonate through their child’s head again and again until they feel helpless, pathetic,
and they have nothing to do but regret being alive. Their chest grows heavy, their cheeks are stained with their tears, their eyes puffy and red from crying during the darkness of the night. With a world that does not accept them for who they are, why should they continue to leave?

They take a blade, and let out a little of a steam from the tires. But sometimes, it no longer works.
If I have any words to describe what it is, then we will all be jumping out of our windows. Perhaps,
they see the beauty in something as morbid as suicide.

What is far worse, is that, people romanticize sadness and suicide. They write poems about how sadness takes over their bodies, but in truth, it is full of unruly hair, dozens of pills, sunken eyes and spilt water.
There are far more suicides with those teenagers and young adults who identify themselves as different than others. Why? Because words hurt. They go straight to the heart. The brain then overthinks it.

 

Overthinking is not one’s fault. It occurs naturally. One cannot just turn it off as if it was a switch. It is far more impossible than that. Someone looks say something and you cannot help but listen to it again and again to make sure they still like you as a friend or perhaps they hate you. Overthinking is a problem, just like mental disorders. Actually, it is a part of mental disorders.

You see films, movies, which glorify suicide but, dear reader, let me tell you something:  It does not come quite close to that of reality. Often, these movies represent that as long as you find someone, then you find something you can live for.

I humbly disagree! You need not live for anyone else! Live for yourself! Do things that make yourself proud! You are not born in order to impress other people, in order to pay back your parents! Your parents did not make you because they wished for you to pay them back when they grow old. No! You were made because they wanted a child, and when one wants a child, there are responsibilities along with it. You owe the Universe nothing! You owe yourself happiness! Live for yourself. Do things that will make you happy. Laugh, cry, fall in love, break up. Everything you do is natural. Except if you eat your booger or float, when you have no space boots on. That is highly unnatural. You, my friend, are enough. You do not need anyone to tell you otherwise. But this is a reminder, of course, that you are actually more than enough. You are irreplaceable. Out of all the million occupants of the planet Earth, there is only one you, and you do not need to be loved or needed.  You do not need to leave a mark. For you already have. Simply by living, and not surviving. You are no failure. You are not what others tell you are.

Scars, I believe, are often as common nowadays with people who cause them. The only thing is that you are a survivor. The rest of you may not have come back, but you are still you. Hold your chin up high, and wear your scars like a badge of honour. Be proud of what you have come through. 

 

                                                       You made it this far. Keep going on.

 

By Chris Eusebio

 

Homosexuality as a used word in ancient times and the expression of sexuality is not straight forward, but has to be interpreted out of evidential writings, concluding from the way of writing and expressing the love between men, as it would be found between women and men. And as in ancient times there was homosexual activity, and not just temporal enjoyment, but between peoples who are consistently sexually attracted to their own gender, we simply call it gay, queer or homosexual nowadays. I remember during youth, gaining my sexual experiences, being attracted to class mates, yet not knowing by verbal expression what my form of attraction was called, that is how I would refer to the way things were done in those days, but with no specific word to express homosexuality.

 

Thousands of years old scriptures come as close as describing those, who are male but played the female partner or role. We can clearly conclude, that even the word homosexuality was not used; other words were formulated and then later picked up by the Bible. The word malakos does not directly link to homosexual intercourse, but it is thought that the word malakos, in translation malakia means softness and is the Classical Greek term for effeminacy.

 

The biblical verse showing the words "homosexuals" and "sodomites" are translations of two different Greek words “malakos” and “arsenokoites”.

This shows in 1Corinthians 6:9: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor malakos (homosexuals), nor arsenokoites (sodomites), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God”. This suggests to conclude that this expresses the meaning of the homosexual orientation. All refers to their claimed morals, where to be flexible or different is not good. This includes dissolute, cowardly, lazy, weak, unstable, easily influenced. All qualities that were stigmatized as a feminine attitude. At that time, women were seen to be only pretty, delicate but also worthless. They were put on a level below the ones of a man, nearly equal to children and slaves.

 

Men getting attracted by men, written in Romans 1:27: “And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.”, should be seen as a typical statement of the ancient practice and existence of homosexuality.

 

Ancient Greece delivers a lot of evidence regarding to homosexuality. The biggest amount of scriptures pointing out to the history of homosexuality come from philosophers and authors as Plato, Xenophon and Plutarch.

Homosexuality is also portrayed by Aristophanes, the Greek artwork and vases.

The main form of homosexuality was exercised through pederasty, a custom that seems to have been practiced in the upper classes of society. An older man, called “the erastest”, in ancient Greek this determined a lover, also known as “the philetor”, would make a young boy “the eromenos” his sex partner, also becoming his mentor and teacher. This was even regulated by the Greek state as an institution. However, this practice was going along with an existing heterosexual marriage, thus it can be seen as something done by bisexuals.

 

The practice of pederasty is mentioned in Homer's Illiad; poems from the period of Classical Antiquity placed around the 8th century BC, and is evidenced to have existed at least 4500 years ago in ancient Egypt.

Although Homer mentions no sexual intimacies, the love of Achilles for Patroclus is central to the plot of the Iliad; and his grief over Patroclus’s death provides the emotionally intense conclusion of the poem.

 

When Achilles hears of Patroclus’s death, he heaps dust on his head and sobs so uncontrollably that Antilochus, the messenger bringing the news, grabs the hero’s hands for fear that Achilles might kill himself. When Thetis, Achilles’ mother, hears her son crying, she comes from the sea depths to see what is wrong; and Achilles tells her, “My dearest companion is dead, Patroclus, who was more to me that any other of my men, whom I loved as much as my own life . . . . Now I have no wish to live”. Later Achilles says to his dead companion: “Oh, Patroclus, my heart’s delight! . . . How often you yourself, my most unhappy and beloved companion, have set a delicious meal before me in this hut, with speed and skill . . . . Not that I lack it [food]. I lack you”. Mourning for his “dear companion,” he refuses to eat.

Then there is the contrast in both cases of their same-sex love being ‘better’ than heterosexual love—noted when Achilles’ mother urges him to find solace in heterosexual sex while instead he dreams of the sex he had with Patroclus, just as David recalls how the wonderful “love” and sex he had with Jonathan surpassed all heterosexual love and sex that he had known.

 

Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum were ancient Egyptian royal servants. They shared the title of Overseer of the Manicurists in the Palace of King Niuserre during the Fifth Dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs, around 2400 BC, and are listed as "royal confidants" in their joint tomb.

The tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum was discovered by Egyptologist Ahmed Moussa in the necropolis at Saqqara, Egypt in 1964, during the excavation of the causeway for the pyramid of King Unas. It is the only tomb in the necropolis where men are displayed embracing and holding hands. In addition, the men's chosen names form a linguistic reference to their closeness:


 


 

Niankhkhnum means "joined to life" and Khnumhotep means "joined to the blessed state of the dead'", and together the names can be translated as "joined in life and joined in death"

Followed by Greece, Rome is the next most important trace in the history of homosexuality, and this cultural practice is understood to be a fact as the apostle Paul is directly referring to it, in condemning homosexuality in the Romans part of the bible. In the Epistle to the Romans 1:26-27, Paul writes:

“For this reason God gave them up to passions of dishonor; for even their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature, and likewise also the males, having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed by their lust for one another, males with males, committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error.”

Clear here is that at that time, 27 BC–476 AD (West); 1453 (East), peoples were very much aware of homosexuality, otherwise the upcoming Christianity would have not mentioned it, and especially as a threat to mankind.

 

Homosexuality in China historically was regarded as a normal facet of life and the existence of homosexuality in China has been well documented since ancient times. Many early Chinese emperors are speculated to have had homosexual relationships, accompanied by heterosexual ones. Opposition to homosexuality and the rise of homophobia did not become firmly established in China until the 19th and 20th centuries, through the Westernization efforts of the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic of China. Sodomy was banned in the People's Republic of China, until it was legalized in 1997.

Homosexuality has been documented in China since ancient times. The Intrigues of the Warring States is a collection of political advice and stories from before the Han Dynasty, from 676 to 651 BC.

 

Homosexuality is either not mentioned, taken as granted of punished and forbidden mostly by religions. One fundamental issue in debates and religious publications has been, that homosexuality is unnatural. This can clearly be rejected as wrong. Homosexuality is very common and highly essential in a number of species, to be precise in more than 1500 species. Petter Boeckman, who was the academic advisor for the "Against Nature's Order?" exhibition explained during the 2006 event: “The most well known homosexual acting animal is the dwarf chimpanzee; one of humanity's closes relatives. The entire species is bisexual. Sex plays an conspicuous role in all their activities and takes the focus away from violence, which is the most typical method of solving conflicts among primates and many other animals. Homosexuality is a social phenomenon and is most widespread among animals with a complex herd life.”

The Norwegian Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo was the first to host an exhibition that focuses on homosexuality in the animal world. Homosexuality is also quite common among dolphins and killer whales. The pairing of males and females is fleeting, while between males, a pair can stay together for years.

The claim of religion, homosexuality is a sin or a chosen lifestyle is so wrong, as evidence shows that not just humans that are homosexual can't leave the way they are, but animals that have no life of choices, show us the opposite of such a claim.

 

 

Trans-sexuality and it's natural history

Transsexualism describes the condition in which an individual identifies with a gender inconsistent or not culturally associated with their assigned sex, i.e. in which a person's assigned sex at birth conflicts with their psychological gender. A medical diagnosis can be made if a person experiences discomfort as a result of a desire to be a member of the opposite sex, or if a person experiences impaired functioning or distress as a result of that gender identification. Transsexualism is stigmatized in many parts of the world but has become more widely known in Western culture in the mid to late 20th century, concurrently with the sexual revolution and the development of sex reassignment surgery (SRS). Discrimination or negative attitudes towards transsexualism often accompany certain religious beliefs or cultural values. There are cultures that have no difficulty integrating people who change gender roles, often holding them with high regard, such as the traditional role for "two-spirit" people found among certain native American tribes.

 

History

 

There is no definite history about transsexuality, it has been maybe not been seen before, religions often don't support it and old cultures often have nothing written down. Yet I dare to say, that trans-sexuality must be as long existing as homosexuality. Traditional religions in ancient times mention trans-sexuality or at least transsexual performance:

„The gods of the antique and ancient cults were one of the figures stated as transsexual – be it Astarte and Ischtar from the middle east or Artemis and Aphrodite from the old Greeks – all these peoples belonged to the group of transsexuals. Women found ways to reduce or remove their breasts, going as far as not just to wear men clothes but to add a penis of phallus and stop their menstruation. Men wore women clothes and practiced emasculation or castration.

Trans-sexuality appeared within the Native Americans. There is a documentary about this fact:

 

We´wha who lived from 1849 till 1896, „was one of the biggest and strongest men of the Zuni in the South – West of North America, biologically a man, and clearly to identify as such. Yet in daily life We´wha turned to house hold activities, wore female clothes, was doing pottery and weaving; thus she was a woman. As a boy he was a part of the ko´tikili, a religious male society. He even stayed among that society after receiving the Iha´mana status that he accepted later. Years later We´wha became somehow famous, as he visited the American capital Washington, meeting the former President Crover Cleveland, and he was treated as an “Indian princess”. After his death he was buried along with the men of his Native Americans, but as sign for his special status, he was dressed up in women clothes, yet with a men trouser or pants under them. So what or who was We´wha then? A man or a woman? He/she showed signs of both, not clearly one, that’s why the status of “Iha´mana”.

 

 Norman Haire announced in 1921, that a person called Dora-R, a citizen of Germany, was under the care of Magnus Hirschfeld. Dora-R began surgery starting from 1921 and ending in 1930. This was resulting into a successful genital reassignment. Norman Haire (Born 21st January 1892 in Sydney and died on the 11th September 1952 in London) was an Australian medical practitioner and sexologist. He has been called "the most prominent sexologist in Britain" in those days. In 1930, Magnus Hirschfeld supervised the second genital reassignment surgery to be reported in detail in a peer-reviewed journal on Lili Elbe of Denmark. The German term “Transsexualismus” was introduced by Hirschfeld in 1923. Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935) was a German physician and sexologist. An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, which Dustin Goltz called "the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights." The neo-Latin term “psychopathia transexualis” and English “transsexual” were introduced by D. O. Cauldwell in 1949, who subsequently also used the term “trans-sexual” in 1950. Cauldwell appears to be the first to use the term in direct reference to those who desired a change of physiological sex. The term transsexual was included for the first time in the DSM-III in 1980 and again in the DSM-III-R in 1987, where it was located under Disorders Usually First Evident in Infancy, Childhood or Adolescence.

 

What is going on?

 

Many peoples go through their early age life, thinking or feeling that something is wrong with them, or at least different. Some feel their nature very early and some later, and then they ask themselves if they may be in the wrong body, or if they feel more comfortable with the ways of the other sex, the biological obvious showing sex.

Sadly things are not as easy as they seem, as knowing or feeling what one is, a man or a woman, does not result in an appointment for surgery, giving ones inner the outer complimentation.

Many suffer a long way, being accompanied with many experiments how to fit best into society, often with the help of a psychiatrist. Going through the time of realization and transition often results in depression, alcohol or drug abuse, personality disorders and even suicide.

 

What are the next steps?

 

After being diagnosed with a “Gender Identity Disorder”, in Europe that person will have to go to a psychiatrist, who will identify if the person really is transgender, or if it's just a phase. Now one may ask why it is called diagnosed. The reason for that is, because in Europe, specially in Germany, this has to be stated so, to approve an operation later.

 

What types of transgender have been identified?

 

Biological women with transsexual “Gender Identity Disorder”

Gynephilian biological women with transsexual “Gender Identity Disorder”

Androphilian biological women with transsexual “Gender Identity Disorder”

Biological men with transsexual “Gender Identity Disorder”

Androphile biological men with transsexual “Gender Identity Disorder”

Gynephilian biological men with transsexual “Gender Identity Disorder”

 

Androphilia and Gynephilian (or gynecophilia) and ambiphilia are terms used in behavioral science to describe sexual orientation, as an alternative to a gender binary homosexual and heterosexual conceptualization.

Sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld defined Androphile as ones who are most attracted to persons between the early twenties and fifty. Psychiatrist Anil Aggrawal explains

 

Androphilia as the romantic and/or sexual attraction to adult males. The term, along with gynephilian, is needed to overcome immense difficulties in characterizing the sexual orientation of trans-men and trans-women. For instance, it is difficult to decide whether a trans-man erotically attracted to males is a heterosexual female or a homosexual male; or a trans-woman erotically attracted to females is a heterosexual male or a lesbian female.

 

 

What is not defined as transgender?

 

  1. Anxiety, and difficulties going conform with the gender roles expected by society.

  2. Partial or temporal dissociation with ones gender identity, for example during puberty.

  3. Difficulties with ones gender identity, resulting out of the rejection of a homosexual orientation.

  4. Psychological rejection of ones gender identity and personality disorders resulting in having problems with ones gender

  5. Gender fetish, transvestite or cross-dressing

 

Situation in The Philippines

 

Transgenders are one of the most marginalized and neglected peoples in the Philippines in terms of human rights protection, promotion and fulfillment.

Transpinays and transpinoys (transgender/transsexual women and men of Filipino descent) face barriers and restrictions in legal recognition, education, employment, health care and public accommodations. They are often victims of violence and hate crimes. Transgender Filipinos remain vulnerable to discrimination, based on their gender identity and gender expression. Filipino transmen and transwomen experience human rights violations perpetuated both by transphobic State and non-State actors, such as the religions, the communities and the families.

 

Many transwomen face biggest difficulties in getting an employment.

 

In a 2007 study by Dr. Sam Winter, from the University of Hong Kong, it is observed that transgender women in the Philippines face a high percentage of unemployment.

 

The same trend was found in an earlier research by Brenda Alegre, from the University of Santo Tomas, with the title “Phenomenological Case Study on Male to Female Filipino Transsexuals”. Section 4.1.2 of Alegre's paper, which details respondents' work and educational background, confirms that transphobia (negative attitudes towards gender variant and transgender-identified people) is pervasive in the corporate world.

 

Many transwomen in the Philippines are forced into illegal activities, like prostitution, cybersex and drug dealing. Few manage to engage in industries that traditionally employ them for the purpose of entertainment. Fashion and beauty salons employ many transgenders. The disaster about this is that a certain goup of transgenders hold college degrees, that normally would over qualify them for such work. Some are able to secure jobs in Call Centers. Call Centers are considered as a so called sunshine industry, as the companies leave their employees free with their gender identity and expression. Many Call Centers have no-crossdressing policies even anti-discrimination policies. Maybe the only restriction is not allowing transwomen employees accessing facilities of the gender they identify as (e.g., female toilets, changing rooms, etc.).

 

In 2001, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act 9048.

This act authorizing the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry and/or change of first name or nickname in the civil register without need of a judicial order. It is also called the Clerical Error Law.

 

RA 9048 expressly prohibits change in the civil registry of any person’s nationality, age, status or sex although it allows for name change based on three reasons alone:

 

“(1) The petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce.

(2) The new first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that by that first name or nickname in the community: or

(3) The change will avoid confusion.”

 

Step by step, required in Germany and a healthy guidline for other countries

 

  1. The every day life test

 

First of all it is required to live for one year in the role of ones felt nature. This will be observed by psychologists. This is also a big change for the transgenders community and surrounding (fellow citizens have to learn to think out of the box).This can lead to great conflicts, the more others have difficulties in dealing with the concerned person. This is yet the best situation for the transgender to see if he or she can deal and live in that way, thus if it is really his or her nature.

 

  1. Change of the first name

 

After succeeding the every day life test, the transgender person may request for the change of his or her first name. This requires two independent medical opinions for the court to decide. Even if one report is negative the court has to wait for a second medical opinion on the matter. Only if both reports are negative, the court can rule out the request.

 

  1. The hormone therapy

 

Again another medical report is required, stating that there is no form of Inter-sexuality. Inter-sex, in humans and animals, is the presence of intermediate or atypical combinations of physical features that usually distinguish female from male. Only then the hormone therapy can be started. . For Trans-women it will be estrogen and progesterone. For Trans-men the hormone testosterone will be given.

 

Estrogen are offered in a form of gel and progesterone in tablet form.

Testosterone will be injected.

 

  1. The sex changing operation

 

Now another year will have passed, and the transsexual person can now think about a sex change operation. Again two medical reports are needed. Both have to be submitted by professional psychiatrists. Only if approved by the court, an indication for surgery can be given. On top of that, there must be another medical report, stating that the patient is healthy and fit for such an operation.

 

  1. Chance of the marital status

 

After the operation, it is required to change the marital status. The operation has to be proven as successfully for-filled. In this change, all papers will be corrected, including the birth certificate.

 

Through out all phases mentioned above, the transgender person is accommodated by a psychologist. This specialist will remain with the person until the last step is done.

 

„Now I am what I have always been!“

 

Done, all administrative steps and requirements can be put aside. Now the transgender is what he or she was already anyway. Now the outer appearance fits to the inner being.

 

 

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