Veronica’s turn in the must-read file.

It is a common misconception that transgender people who transition do so exclusively through complex cosmetic surgeries. Surgery is by no means a fundamental part of being transgender. People choose surgeries for numerous reasons, regardless of being cis or trans or otherwise, but trans people are subject to much more scrutiny over this than other groups.

Gender dysphoria is a recognised state of being that is, regardless of underlying biological and social cause, a very real condition with, in many cases, very straight forward medical solutions – some of which include medically necessary surgery (Coleman et al., 2012). In other cases gender dysphoria can be alleviated by something as simple as acceptance and social inclusion.

This is something few people realize, but is obvious in hindsight: dysphoria is a spectrum. Consequently, every trans* person’s experience of it is different, and not everyone who experiences dysphoria identifies as trans*.

In the general population, gender ambivalence was present in 2.2 % of male and 1.9 % of female participants, whereas gender incongruence was found in 0.7 % of men and 0.6 % of women. In sexual minority individuals, the prevalence of gender ambivalence and gender incongruence was 1.8 and 0.9 % in men and 4.1 and 2.1 % in women, respectively.

And on the off-chance you still need more reason to read it, the post comes with a citation list! Citations, people!!