- Written by Rev. Lauren Renée Hotchkiss
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Though at first glance this might appear to be a subject that has little relevance to your life or to A Course In Miracles, if you'll stay with me you may find that you'll come away with a different attitude toward what, up until relatively recently, has been a hidden minority: The transgender community.
Before going further, let me take a moment to define a few possibly confusing and often confused terms. "Transgendered" refers to anyone who feels uncomfortable with the gender role of their anatomical sex. Within this overall category there are three main sub-communities: transvestites, who periodically dress in the clothing of the opposite sex; transsexuals, who have sexual reassignment surgery to become the opposite sex; and finally transgenderists (those who cross gender boundaries), or ambigenderists (those who combine them) who live permanently in the opposite gender role, or androgynously (like myself) and who may either take or not take sex hormones as an aid to developing the desirable qualities of the opposite sex, but do not desire sex-change surgery. In all cases, these can be either male to female, or female to male individuals.