Making the Case: Part 10
I’m wrapping up this series with this entry. The intention was that of an entry-level education for discussing the subject of transgender people with skeptical or hostile people. For those of you who feel passionately as I do about speaking up, I wanted to share with you links to some resources which will better equip you.
The single best resource on trans issues on line has to be Brynn Tannehill. It would literally take me three or four separate posts on this blog to describe all the ways she has contributed factual information and insightful reasoning to this debate. If you have only one source, it should be Brynn.
If you’re interested in the complete exposition of Deuteronomy 22:5 that I referenced earlier in the series, the essay can be found republished here.
Curious about what the Social Conservative Pharisees think of you, or want to have a heads up on what arguments to prepare for? They’ve helpfully published a guide.
Cristan Williams at TransAdvocate publishes material on a variety of topics, including in depth discussions about the relationship between being trans and Feminism, including challenging the arguments of Trans-Exclusionary Rad-Fems, but what earns her the recommendation here is her diligence to fact check anti-trans narratives in the media which too often take their cues from right wing “culture warriors.” Not every story turns out to be an accurate reflection of events and Cristan does her own investigative work to see if we’re getting the truth.
Remember that “Letter of Guidance” that the Departments of Education and Justice sent to schools back in the spring that got the Pharisees in an uproar? Here’s a link to the best practices recommendations that accompanied those letters. And those policies? Not, in fact, new.
On the medical and scientific side, here’s just one of many sources supporting the conclusion that gender identity is a neurological, physiological phenomena. Here’s a great video of a lecture from Stanford University on the subject. Speaking of video lectures, Dr. Norman Spack discusses GI issues in youth here. It’s great info for those who might be faced with a challenge about transitioning young people. This one is a presentation of the AMA who speaks with some authority on the subject.
My friend Cara has a rather exhaustive list of links regarding trans people and the brain hosted here. On another page she guides you to information about trans people and competitive sports (from a medical perspective).
Here’s an in depth discussion of why it’s so hard to get the average person to think outside the strict binary. More for background information to understand why the arguments are so strident.
These are just the tip of the tip of the iceberg, there’s more good info out there than most people can digest, so let me give you one concluding piece of advice – when confronted with an argument that stumps you, realize that there is almost certainly a well researched counter-argument out there if you look for it. Be careful about “winging it” lest you paint yourself into a rhetorical corner. Step away from the discussion and search for the answers you need. Always remember, the legitimate facts are on our side.
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