Hmmm... I'm not sure about that.pelmut wrote:In the same way that left-handedness or ginger hair are? Any doctor claiming to 'treat' transgenderism in the UK would be struck off and anyone attempting to 'cure' it would be in serious trouble with the law.
I hope your comment referred to long-outdated practices or was based on misinformation.
My view is that if your physical body is incongruent with your mind, then that is by definition an issue that needs to be resolved. Some people resolve it by living as the opposite sex and are, rightly in my view, assisted to do that if they wish with medical interventions (hormones, surgery), cosmetic treatments and even voice training. That, for them, is the "cure" for the incongruence they are experiencing. For others, however, the "cure" may be something else. While I have no reason to believe the feelings can be eliminated, treatments such as counselling and psychotherapy may assist them in understanding and managing their feelings so they can cope with them and get on with their lives as members of their physical sex.
Maybe the word "cure" is inaccurate, but that's a semantic point. To deny that people with gender identity issues often need medical and/or psychological therapy is to deny reality; left-handed people or those with ginger hair do not need such treatment.