integration

Personally I do not like labels of any kind. A situation occurs in many that are transitioning and for myself. There are times we will use the label of Transgender then later, integrate into target gender with elimination of that term use. So what comes to my mind why use the term if it will be dropped or is it used temporarily used for what is going on?

Well in the past there was a big debate on what terms were used for what. Currently Transgender is the general term for those that have what used to be called: Gender Identity Disorder in DSM-IV. It would also include that fact that not only is GID present, the individual is taking actions towards aligning to happiness on the gender spectrum. Once transition is complete integration is requested.

My thoughts on this is that yes, use the term transgender to identify solutions but not to use it as a label for oneself. Integration should be inquired throughout the process instead of disclosure to all that “I am trans”. In example I will, once initial steps are taken; identify myself as target gender to legal extents instead of saying I am transgender. Transgender is not a gender on the gender spectrum. Therefore that identification should not occur.

Granted using that term might be required for specific situations like when going to medical solutions or disclosure to a potential partner in life. If otherwise to legal limits; integrate by identifying to target gender throughout the transition process. It is a more wise decision in my point of view I have observed. The direct reason the exact number of transitioned individuals cannot be tracked is because most integrate after transition and never reveal themselves as transgender.

Most of us transitioning just desire to be embraced as how we feel inside. That alone should best display that integration is all we seek, no labels.

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