Gender Prison: The Third Word

 

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Dr. Norman Spack is a childhood endrocrinologist. He treats transgender kids. But 75% of his clents are located within 100 miles of his base at Boston's Children Hospital. Unfortunately, there are transgender kids all over the country who deserve equally good treatment.

Sr. Spack gave a TED Talk last autumn which has just recently been shared publicly (it was posted to the TED website on April 16). I've been saving this for the proverbial "rainy day" when I don't have time to write a column. And today I'm feeling the drizzle.

Spack talks about his efforts to treat those transgender kids in their journey through puberty.

If you have a bit of time to watch, I believe it will be worth your while:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the things that struck me is that Dr. Spack used a phrase that may have originated with me...or may not have. Nobody should own ideas. But a few decades ago I began sharing a truism:

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual orientation is who you go to bed with. Gender identity is who you go to bed as.
 

 

 

 

Another one:

 

 

 

Sex is between your legs. Gender is between your ears.
 

 

 

 

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