There are plenty of great “transgender basics” FAQs and pamphlets out there for sharing with friends and family, or to serve as resources for basic Internet searches, but they primarily focus on the social aspects of trans, on questions of identity and pronouns, etc. I’ve got it into my head that some sort of science-based Trans FAQ — something with a 10-cent rundown of basic science facts about being transgender — might be a valuable thing to put out there.
If this is a thing that’s going to work, it will need to actually target some of those questions, as the name implies, that are frequently asked by folks concerning the medical and biological evidence for transgender as a legitimate diagnosis/condition. I’m not talking a diagnostic tool [there’s no point in trying to recreate the DSM] but just a page to link to, or a pamphlet to print off, that could be shared with the casual layperson.
What I need from you folks on the Internet, then, is help deciding where to focus. What are some questions that you think are most commonly asked or discussed or explained when transfolk talk with non-transfolk as it concerns the medical and scientific knowledge about transgender? Should it cover topics of brain differences? Hormonal effects? Psychological measures? Something else?
I don’t have a real timeframe for this project; right now I’m just brainstorming the idea. If you have any suggestions, you can use the Comments form below to offer suggestions. Or, tweet suggestions to me @TransSci, or post them to the TransSci Facebook Page.