aunty_jackOh down in Oz, such things can be financed out of public money,
Aunty Jack.. let me repeat this for you. Slowly, and with clear annunciation.I live in 'Oz.' (you clearly *haven't* gone and had a look at my profile)
I am a transman.
I know, for a fact, from lived experience that 'such things' are *not* financed out of public money.
I've spent, I don't know, maybe $25 000 (and counting) of my own money to transition. Your tax dollars are safe.
Fearthefall - I've decided you're quite Sensible. I like.
Question for you - I agree that gender is pretty much biologically determined too.. but on what 'part' of our biology should that determination be drawn from?
Chromosomes? (and if so, what do we do about say XXY men? (those who have Kleinfelter's Syndrome) or people who have mosaicism - XX in some cells, XY in others?)
External genitals? Which, in more cases than most of us would expect, can be quite ambiguous.
Or brain sex? Which research is showing is quite significant - there are big differences between male and female brains, and, unsurprisingly, transguys have brains like 'regular' guys and transwomen have brains like 'regular' women.
Me personally, I reckon brain sex is the critical bit, it seems the most definitive, and given all the rest of our sense of self is driven out of the brain, why not our gender? So imho, I reckon I've always been male, that that maleness was biologically driven, but that there was a bit of a f*ck up when it came to my body developing in a way that matched by brain..