Tuesday, June 16, 2015

No - Rachel Dolezal is not "trans-racial"

Ryan Anderson tweeted it and others have said it. Tuesday, the unfortunately named Bruce Gender writes in WND “If Jenner's a woman then Rachel Dolezal is black. David French wrote a similar piece for National Review. None of this has anything to do with Dolezal. This is all intended to discredit Caitlyn Jenner and, at the same time, to suggest that liberals have a double standard.

The problem with all of this bullshit – and that is what it is – is that “racial dysphoria” doesn't seem to be in the medical literature. On the other hand, gender dysphoria is most certainly a known condition. We know a great deal about how to diagnose and treat gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria, by the way, is not a mental illness. The issue for clinicians is how to treat the accompanying stress, anxiety and depression.

I will not be judgmental of Ms. Dolezal. I can simply assert that she pretended to be African-American and she is not. She might have done so in order to take advantage of minority status. She might not.

I don't know. I don't care. What I do know is that comparisons to Ms. Jenner, or to anyone with gender dysphoria, are preposterous.

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