The transgender movement may be forced to reconsider past arguments used to justify the lifestyle.
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel conducted an exhaustive study that identified 6,500 genes in the human genome that are expressed differently in men and women. The scientific research clearly conflicts with the idea that gender is simply subjective psychological identity. (See earlier story)
Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council says the traditional view that biological sex determines gender has been under attack from a number of angles. He goes on to explain that the WIS research "really deals a blow to the idea that there are no significant differences between men and women."
The research, he says, may explain why some transgender individuals who have undergone hormone therapy and mutilation surgery don't believe it made them any happier.
"That suggests to me that there are underlying issues," Sprigg contends. "Whatever psychological problems, and difficulties, and dysphoria that transgender people may be struggling with, it's not rooted in an idea that they're in the wrong body. It's a psychological issue that needs to be addressed with psychological, mental health care."
The FRC spokesman says the research is very important for individuals who actually believe themselves to be of the opposite gender. The study's findings, he says, should help them understand there's no scientific basis to support such a claim.