During this “experiment” Green co-wrote Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment with Money. Second, there’s something apologetic about the whole premise that the world should accept gay people because they can’t help being gay. Four stick figures represent a girl who likes to play sports, a girl who likes to play with dolls, a boy who likes to play sports, and a boy who likes to play with dolls.
Vinik had asked Maggie which one she was. “She first went to circle the boy,” Vinik recounts at the supervision meeting. “And then stopped herself and said, ‘Wait a minute. Being in touch with your feminine side is pretty normal. You know you are not gay, but have you have always fantasized about dressing up and passing of as a woman in public? If your answer is yes, you are definitely a cross-dresser. Indeed, the work of these geneticists was read from the floors of many a senate chamber, and the “gay gene” was part of what turned the tide of public opinion in favor of compassion and nondiscrimination.But this emphasis on biological determinism is discomfiting. The colleague stopped by Zucker’s office to ask him what to do.The standards of care say someone is ready for hormone therapy when he has lived successfully as his preferred gender for a period of time. Children were declared “pathological” for behavior like boys playing with dolls, wearing dresses or helping in the kitchen, or girls climbing trees, playing with boys’ toys or wearing boy clothes.
Zucker concedes that “experiences of ostracism, social rejection in the peer group, et cetera, does account for some” of the distress. Green’s most striking finding was that only one of his 44 “sissy boys” turned out to be transsexual. Some were referred by school authorities for gender nonconformity, some brought in by parents. Typical passenger car ratios are now around 60% and the delinquent in the modified Acura with the megaphone exhaust and dark-tinted windows probably has tires with a 50% aspect ratio. Genital surgery—a much less common choice in transgender men since the surgical techniques are less advanced than they are for transgender women—can happen as early as age 18.Andie admits that she would prefer Alex not go down this path.