"Typically progressive Dutch legislators were once frontrunners when it came to transgender rights, making the country among the first European countries to grant the community legal recognition of gender identity in 1985.
"But the legal recognition came at a cost: a sex change operation had to be completed before legal status was granted." --news.yahoo.com*
Repeatedly, we see where other countries are crucified by the media and [American] human rights organizations because they require SRS of their transgender citizens before granting legal recognition of peoples' gender identities. And of course, we have even had discussion here on the forums on this same issue, condemning those countries. But maybe it's time we stop trying to force other countries to do what's right, and spend more energies on trying to make American do what's right... as we have states that will NOT do so much as even notate a BC unless a person can prove that s/he has undergone SRS - and some of those states require full blown SRS - that, to the best of my knowledge, means/includes (for all intents and purposes) sterilization. And of course, there are those few states that won't allow any change in designation of sex/gender, no matter what.
Would we in the U.S. be better off if we if we got our own house straightened up before we go cleaning house in other places of the world?
Wouldn't we have a more powerful influence in helping TGLB people in other countries when we remove the ability of those other countries to call the U.S. hypocrit?
Isn't the U.S. as bad as the schoolyard bully by trying to intimidate other countries into embracing their TGLB community, when the U.S. itself doesn't do it?
*From the article linked in post number 5 of the thread,