There is a lexicon for it, albeit not often used. I've met people who refuse to be described in gender binary terms who prefer to be called "Zer". sounds strange, but it's actually a thing.DGA wrote: ↑Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:47 amHere we get into a lexical problem. In English, we have at the moment two categories. You're a man or you're a woman. We don't have the diction for describing oneself as, say, category 3 subtype C. We don't really have the words for it.Malcolm wrote: ↑Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:22 pm
From a Buddhist point of view, one cannot change one's gender. It is something one is born with, it is a portion of one's viapaka, ripened karma, and one cannot alter it by cutting, sewing, or use of prosthetics. One is born either male, female, or nonbinary (with it's five subcategories). The impulse to alter one's apparent gender is itself a sign that one has been born with a nonbinary gender indriya.
And in a sense, that's OK, because the definitions I proposed above are workable for purposes of public discourse and civil society. Is it a priority for Buddhists to insist that public policy coincides in all ways with the nuances of Buddhist thinking? It's not a priority for me, and I can say why if anyone cares to know.
And just because society is ignorant about the differences between being gay and trans, doesn't mean everyone trans needs to identify as gay or vice versa gay kids be forced to identify as trans. Of course not. I'm going out on a limb, but I think most gay men have little interest in hooking up with trans males to females because they really aren't that interested in women. And they don't want to dress or appear like women. If I'm off base, I apologize, but that's what I have observed.