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Transsexualism as a neurobiological condition


It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Gooren, and Dick F. Abstract Transsexuals experience themselves as being of the opposite sex, despite having the biological characteristics of one sex.


A crucial question resulting from a previous brain Transsexualism as a neurobiological condition in male-to-female transsexuals was whether the reported difference according to gender identity in the central part of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis BSTc was based on a neuronal difference in the BSTc itself or just a reflection of a difference in vasoactive intestinal polypeptide innervation from the amygdala, which was used as a marker.

Therefore, we determined in 42 subjects the number of somatostatin-expressing neurons in the BSTc in relation to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and past or present hormonal status.

In contrast, the neuron number of a female-to-male transsexual was found to be in the male range. Hormone treatment or sex hormone level variations in adulthood did not seem to have influenced BSTc neuron numbers.

The present findings of somatostatin neuronal sex differences in the BSTc and its sex reversal in the transsexual brain clearly support the paradigm that in transsexuals sexual differentiation of the brain and genitals may go into opposite directions and point to a neurobiological basis of gender identity disorder. What stereotypes have turned out to have some truth to them? One big thing is occupational and recreational interests.

In fact, hairdressers, professional dancers, actors and designers tend to be gay men, at least at much higher rates than their population rate, which is somewhere between 1 and 4 percent.

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And women who are in the armed services, or professional athletes two of the three best all-time women's tennis players are lesbianare disproportionately lesbian. Children who are sex-atypical do tend to become homosexual. Boys who want to be girls become men who want men.

Most very masculine girls probably become heterosexual women, but their rate of homosexuality is probably still higher than would be expected given the population rate of female homosexuality, which is probably less than 1 percent. Recently, we have shown that on average, gay men and lesbians are very different on average from straight people in the way they walk and speak. There is such a thing, evidently, as a gay voice.

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And lesbians tend to look different than straight women -- in particular, they have shorter hairstyles. On the other hand, some stereotypes about homosexual people are due to the fact that they are in certain other ways psychologically like straight people of their own sex.

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For example, gay men have lots of sex partners compared with straight men. This is because they have a male-typical level of interest in casual sex, but because they are seeking other men with the same interest, they can have as many partners as they want. Straight men are constrained by the desires of women. I think that there is nothing intrinsically "gay" about having hundreds of sex partners.

Lots of straight guys would if they could. But they can't, because they can't find female partners who'll have anonymous sex with them.

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