Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Anderson: Children & Teens Trapped in the Wrong Bodies

Anderson opened today's show about transgendered children and teens ~

Anderson's first guests were Danann's parents. Danann later joined them on stage. After a break two other transgendered boys living as girls and their parents were on stage to discuss their experience and Anderson spoke to the kids, as well. Dr. Louise Greenspan, a pediatric endocrinologist and Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, author of "Gender Born, Gender Made" were in the audience to answer questions; and a couple of questions were taken from the audience.

Two young men who have undergone surgery and hormone transition therapy, and their mom's were on stage to discuss their experiences and the transition process. Dr. Christine McGinn, a plastic surgeon who specialized in transgenders joined the group on stage and explained she entered the specialty because she had transitioned herself, from male to female. Anderson's last two guests were a transgendered woman who was expelled from college for applying as a female and a transgendered male college basketball player.

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AC360 Transcript
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Anonymous said...

Yeah, I am a biological female and at a very young age (2 years) displayed a preference towards being male. Up until I was 12 years old, I dressed like a boy, wore my hair short, wanted to sweat like a man, wear my shirt off for pictures. I wanted to be a boy. My grade 4 teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I thought policeman, fireman, then I said "I want to be a man when I grow up".

But when I hit adolescence my hormones must have changed because then I became more physically attracted to females. I grew my hair out and became more like a female but still a bit tom boy. I'm 35 now and I've learned that I can actually increase my female hormones even more (I accidentally discovered that having a TENS machine on my low back must temporarily stimulate my ovaries to produce more female hormones). After going to the chiropractor for a low back issue and having the TENS on the very low back I felt completely different when I went home. Extremely feminine and extremely and unquestionably attracted to males. For the first time, I felt like a complete woman, no conflict at all, I felt really good and very happy but it wore off in about 3 days and my hormones returned to normal. So I know from my own experience that gender preference and sexual preference are both affected by hormones.

I know that when people present themselves to the experts and doctors they state that they want to be a man or woman because that's how they feel. Why they feel like this has to be hormones. What else would tell our brain that we are male or female other than hormones? So why do the doctors transform the patients physical sexuality to how they feel rather than balance the hormones appropriate to the biological sex so that they feel like that sex and feel happy being their biological sex? When I felt the hormones really strong after the TENS I felt EXTREMELY happy to be female. The TENS wore off though in a few days, but it left me knowing that I CAN feel extremely feminine and like it. Hormones act immediately. I immediately felt different, and it must have been because it did something to my hormones immediately. Why don't the doctors and experts in this field have it in their vocabulary to offer hormone balancing toward the biological sex? I love my body now and am very happy I am a female. Because were dealing with hormones in this issue I'm sure that it's similar for boys who want to be girls. It's a hormonal imbalance. It's hard when your brain isn't getting the right messages 24 hours a day when the hormones aren't right. It's hard to deal with that and reconcile that. Not everyone's hormonal profile is the same just as not everyone is the same height. I think gender preference is all about the hormone profile. I believe that I have always had lower female hormones than most girls, I had the least hormones before hitting adolescence. I don't identify myself as "tom boy", that was just my hormones making me feel that way and hormones change and can be changed. Now I know that no woman has anything over me, that I am just like them when I get more hormone flowing in my body. Just something to consider as this is a very life changing decision. I know what it feels like to deal with this and I hope the guests on the show and others out there find peace and happiness.

On_Love_Street_With_Jim_Morrison said...

I liked today's episode of 'Anderson', very interesting. I don't think its a good idea to to have a kid who is 6 or 7 on hormone blockers. That is just way too young. I think its an adult decision and needs to be made when the kid is an adult. The same with the teenage boy who is 16 on hormone therapy. I think its an adult decision. I think they need to wait until they're an adult like Tyler did. He was an adult and made an adult decision.

Anonymous said...

Just the title of this show is enough to scare the living daylights out of any sane person.
Yes, if you want outrageous, here it is and no, Oprah would not put this on the air.
Bret Michaels stopped by R&K this morning and tomorrow Josh Grobin.
Still no sign of AC to say his good-byes.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:36 what are you scared of? I thought the show was good. If you didn't like the content then why did you watch it? I'm sorry but you scare me.

And who cares if AC didn't say Good Bye to Regis - it's not required or am I missing something.

Anonymous said...

And also Anon Oprah DID deal with such topics, so get your facts correct.

judy said...

Interesting article in todays USA Today about Regis and how he alone was considered 'master of morning talk.'
The show will now entitled Live With Kelly until March when a new co-host is chosen.
@11:52AM: What you are missing is
Anderson's departure from Regis's show.
If AC had played his cards right he might have been crowned the New Regis, but IF divides the world.
It's now considered the "hottest" morning spot.
Oh Well.

judy said...

@11:52AM: USA Today is reporting that Regis's departure from R&K leaves a huge void in the talkfest field.
The show will now be entitled Live With Kelly until a new Regis is crowned in March.
If AC had played his cards right, he just might have gotten that crown. Obviously, he didn't.
Oh Well.