Brain activity and structure in transgender adolescents more closely resembles the typical activation patterns of their desired gender, according to findings to be presented in Barcelona, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE These findings suggest that differences in brain function may occur early in development and that brain imaging may be a useful tool for earlier identification of transgenderism in young people. Transgenderism is the experience, or identification with, a gender different to the assigned biological sex, whilst gender dysphoria GD is the distress experienced by transgender people, and may be present from a very young age. Although GD incidence is rare, gender identity is an essential part of psychological health, and if unaddressed can lead to serious psychological issues.
Growing Up Transgender: Research and Theory
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Bruce Jenner's athletic world-record and Olympic gold medal in the decathlon competition propelled him to become one of the most famous athletes in the world. He was a hero and role model for many. He later became well known to younger generations after his marriage to Kris Kardashian and appearances on the reality television show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians. With his tremendous athletic background, there was huge surprise when, in , Jenner started appearing in public with long hair and nail polish. Tabloids reported he was undergoing plastic surgery. Finally, in a television interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner announced his decision to "transition into a woman.
Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age
In the track-and-field community in Connecticut, the dominance of two transgender athletes has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families. Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller are sprinters for their respective high schools, and they also happen to be transgender. Many critics claim their gender identity gives them an unfair advantage, a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes around the world. Yearwood, a year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female. She recently finished second in the meter dash at the state open indoor track championships.
Gender-reassignment surgery sometimes called gender-confirmation surgery or gender-affirmation surgery is one way but not the only way that individuals with gender dysphoria transition from their birth gender to their desired gender. Male-to-female surgery involves the creation of female genitalia. The penis and testicles are removed, and a vagina is created from penile skin vaginoplasty. Labia can be made from scrotal skin. Surgeons also create a clitoris clitoroplasty , usually from the highly-sensitive glans found at the tip of the penis.