I have not posted in a while which I am sure has pleased a lot of people. Just kidding or maybe not.
There was a very interesting post on Jack Molay's Blog involving a recent study in the Netherlands concerning transsexuals. Once one gets buy the title using homosexual transsexual, Molay actually dislikes the term, the post is actually quite interesting. I cannot say I agree with everything Molay says but he says what he says quite well.
I am not going to talk about the mental health aspect of the article but the results of the survey when discussing sexual orientation.
This is from the report:
Sex, sexual orientation and age have been shown to
be important in relation to psychological functioning in transsexuals.
However, only few studies to date took these factors into account and
not earlier have adolescent transsexuals participated. In this study the
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2 or MMPI-A,
respectively) was administered to:
(207 male to female
transsexuals (MtFs), mean age 38.04 (range 18.56-65.62) and
86 female to
male transsexuals (FtMs), mean age 33.26 (range 18.95-64.30)) and
(43 MtFs, mean age 15.70 (range 13.16-18.70) and all were heterosexual female
mean age 15.64 (range 13.05-18.56)) all were heterosexual male
with a gender identity disorder
Of adult MtFs, 33% were categorized as heterosexual female and 66% as lesbian.
Of adult FtMs, 77% were categorized as heterosexual male
and 33% as gay men. (There is an error in there percentages)
Adult FtMs functioned significantly better
than MtFs on three clinical scales. Contrary to what is often assumed,
no differences in psychological functioning were found in the adult
transsexuals with regard to sexual orientation, except on one clinical
scale. Most remarkably, significantly more adults with GID scored in the
clinical range on two or more clinical scales than adolescents with
GID. Therefore, early medical intervention may be recommendable for
adolescents with GID.
Every early transitioner was heterosexual in the desired sex. In other words all MTF transsexuals liked boys and all FTM transsexuals liked girls. This fits what Dr. Benjamin witnessed in his practice and based on my personal experiences helping kids financially it is dead on. The children who force an early transition are high intensity transsexuals or those with complete psycho-sexual inversion. Most of us that did it young aggressively pushed the gender boundaries of our day. Maybe we were brave but IMHO I have often felt it was the fear of growing up male that did it. It terrified me but I also could not be what I was not which is a simplistic view. It is complicated and the few that know me really well, there are actually quite a few, will tell you in my day I never really understood much of it.
The other interesting statistic was the results of the of adults although I would tend to believe if they had categorized the younger adults a higher percentage would be heterosexual in their desired sex. I have admitted I do not understand late transitioners and it is probably because I have no real reference point. I am beginning to wonder if the later one transitions results in more MTF lesbians due to conditioning.
The other thing I know personally from the kids I have been involved with and others I have known like myself is the fact none of us ever dated or were attracted to girls. It was always boys for us and that is what drove the early transition along with the horror of growing up male. We all wanted to date boys but only if we were girls. I fully expect to be attacked on this point saying any boy was gay if they dated someone like me in my teens. I can tell you I certainly never tried to attract boys as a girl but I did primarily because of physical appearance. The other value is getting on hormones early, 14 for me, is invaluable and hopefully this study will help get all kids treated like Kim Petras.
What did come from the study was the kids were more psychologically prepared for life as girls and boys and I am convinced that is because they got to live in their correct gender as kids.
So those of you that think sex, age, and sexual orientation means nothing in transsexuals, you might want to rethink that position based on this study.