It has been incredible how fast society has moved to embrace those who identify as transgendered. Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner has only been the most public face of it. In many ways, this change has taken place far quicker than that of homosexuality.
The purpose of this post is not to attack people who identify as transgendered. I have family who do and I believe that there is something serious taking place in such situations. It is beyond my expertise to address this subject directly.
But I do want to make some observations about things that are happening in related discussions.
I was shocked to hear that there are people who are identifying as trans-abled. These are people who are born with healthy bodies but who choose to amputate limbs in order to become disabled. They claim that they are disabled people in able bodies and they need to make their bodies conform to who they are on the inside. While this may not be sensitive on my part, as a parent of two children with disabilities, I find it fairly offensive (and I rarely get offended). First of all people with disabilities do not identify as disabled, they are people who happen to have disabilities.
Then of course is the high profile case of Rachel Dolezal. Dolezal, in the midst of all her other controversies, self-identifies as black even though she was born white. She seems to think that her racial identity is not tied to the race she was born with. Is there such a thing as trans-racial? Much could be said about this.
Then I came across this story. A healthy 24-year old girl in Belgium is seeking to be euthanized. She has known since she was a child that she was meant to die. In her words, “Life, that’s not for me.” She is seeking to transform the outside into what she is on the inside.
My purpose is not to judge. But it is to ask how far this can go. I have not done the research but I am sure that there are people who self-identify as other animals but were born as humans. Is there a limit to this? And is there a limit to which society will embrace?
What do you think?