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Being transgender isn’t a mental illness. What’s sick is a society that treats it that way

Being transgender isn’t a mental illness. What’s sick is a society that treats it that way

Forget science – a Kansas lawmaker thinks he knows what makes people transgender: mental illness.

In a speech attacking the Obama administration’s support of trans students, state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald dismissed the entire idea of a trans identity. “You’re either male or you’re female, and it’s not changeable,” he said. “It’s reality. Inability to deal with that reality, or to recognize that reality, is disoriented, and can be disoriented to the point of insanity.”

Fitzgerald isn’t alone in his diagnosis....

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