Dear 100 Hour Board,
There have been many truly helpful, enlightening, posts regarding people who are transgender (and there are tons more board posts, I only linked those that had the more relevant questions and answers of someone trying to understand the subject).
I think this shows there is a genuine interest in the subject of the transgender community, at least in the readership of the board. In all of these questions and answers however, there is an aspect that I don't believe has been discussed that I would like to: the science behind it.
These articles, which are worth reading and have proper citing to scientific studies, suggest that the transgender brain is actually more similar to the gender it identifies with, rather than the biological sex of the individual--even prior to any kind of hormone therapy. These more recent discoveries were talked about in my pre-nursing physiology and fetal anatomy courses several years ago, and really helped me to understand this is a very real phenomenon, and not at all the fantasy "pretending" that some people claim it to be (you can google Ben Shapiro and Michelle Cretella yourself, I have no heart to link them). So my questions are these, and they are posed to the readers as much as the writers (so please feel free to leave a "correction"):
Did you know about this? If you didn't already believe people about being transgender, does this scientific understanding change that? How does it affect your approach to the transgender subject, even if you did already accept transgender people for who they feel they are?
Why has this science not been discussed more? Do many people who are transgender prefer not to lead out with explanations with this science*? If so, how come? When asked about transgender, as a cis person, how would you, as trans (can we get Van Goff back for a day?), like me to respond, and with what information?
-Corsica S., who is quite ok with these answers taking more than 100 hours
*I realize it's only the latest hypothesis, and much more research is needed, but the evidence is growing!
I forwarded your question to Van Goff (by the way thanks for asking a question that made me reach out to him; I'm really bad at maintaining connections, and Van Goff is a super cool guy I'm glad to keep up with), and here are his thoughts on the matter:
I really, really wish I knew about those scientific studies last week. We were talking about LGBTQ+ individuals in my class, and my classmate implied that people who did not have a cisgender identity and sexual orientation should be committed to a mental asylum. Thankfully half the class raised their hands to refute that (myself included), and while I knew of the studies to back up why homosexuals were attracted to members of their own sex, I didn't know any about transgenders. That is absolutely fantastic to hear that those studies exist. It doesn't really impact my personal approach to the transgender subject, but it will definitely change my approach when I bring it up with others.
I'll probably just leave my answer there (since we're trying to get Van Goff back for this question). But thank you for sharing those articles! I'll definitely be sharing them with others.
-guppy of doom