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"Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say" -Denise Grady

  • The New York Times
  • New York, NY
  • (October 23, 2018)

Defining gender as a condition determined strictly by a person’s genitals is based on a notion that doctors and scientists abandoned long ago as oversimplified and often medically meaningless. Researchers who have studied gender issues and provided health care to people who do not fit the typical M/F pigeonholes said that the Trump administration’s latest plan to define gender goes beyond the limits of scientific knowledge. “The idea that a person’s sex is determined by their anatomy at birth is not true, and we’ve known that it’s not true for decades,” said Joshua Safer, MD, executive director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai. No one knows for sure why body and mind sometimes do not match. But being transgender is not a matter of choice, said Dr. Safer. It is not a fad or a whim. For transgender people, it is generally an overwhelming sense that their gender is not the one on their birth certificate. And gender is not about whom they’re attracted to — it’s about who they are.

- Joshua Safer, MD, Executive Director of The Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai, Senior Faculty, Endocrinology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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