A question for social justice warriors
Most Helpful Girl
I don't believe that you're born that way. I believe it stems from how you were raised & the experiences you go through from the day you are able to remember. All gay/lesbian people I know, have had very difficult lives.
They have been through things I cannot even begin to fathom, so I feel genuinely sorry for them. It's very possible that their experiences, coupled with insane amounts of stress, have caused chemical imbalances in the brain, leading to them becoming gay/lesbian.
Sure, there could be lots of other causes behind it, but I'm just stating my opinion based on what I've experienced & seen.1
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Most Helpful Guy
The only person I personally know well who transitioned, did so before I knew them. They were identified as intersex but raised one gender, and then switched.
It's all well and good to act like that's super rare, but it's... not. Like 1% of of people have some level of intersex. About 1 in 45000 babies they have trouble determining gender at birth. That works out to like what, 7000 americans? I mean that's actually quite a lot.
I'm not a SJW, but my answer to your question is, it can be either. I think there's no doubt there are some people (some intersex, maybe not all) who seem to clearly have a brain gender that doesn't match their body. In some of these cases they're able to show a brain physical nature that reflects what's typical for the other (in terms of say white/grey cell mass, etc.)
There are also undoubtable people for whom it's a mental illness, in some cases linked to trauma.
It's unpopular, but the answer to this is almost certainly both. My own view is that there's also a group of people on tumblr who simply want to be special snowflakes, and are really just tomboys or effeminate men, and that should be fine, without us having to regard them as non-binary.
I hope as we talk about this more and collect more data, we can get better at identifying people and likely outcomes. To some extent, regardless of the -cause-, the question is, would hormone therapy and surgery radically improve this person's mental state and ability to function? For the mentally ill, often they simply hate themselves and won't be happy post surgery. For others, they're -very- happy after. If we can figure out with younger kids which they are likely to be, then we can know faster whether to treat with therapy, or to hit with hormones etc. pre-puberty when they are even more effective.0