The phenomenon of feeling like you don’t belong in your body is a type of mental disorder that is quickly being mainstreamed because it has to do with almighty sexual expression.

Think about it. If it had to do with anything other than sexual expression, it would be called mental illness.

Now, apparently, people in California are being encouraged to get over their prejudice against people who want to go around dressed like and considered members of the opposite sex.

From California Catholic Daily, via Gerald:

“Now, is the time to push your school and community ‘beyond the binary’ and focus on not only fighting homophobia on your campus, but also fighting transphobia.” So went a Nov. 21 story in the GSA Network News, published by the Gay-Straight Alliance, about this month’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which helps students form Gay-Straight Alliance clubs on middle and high school campuses, is now promoting transgender issues as part of its agenda. The Network News detailed how a GSA club at Sierra High School in the Central Valley recently completed its “newest event” – a Transgender Day of Remembrance. The club’s president, Xavier Gomez, explained that the Nov. 20 event would not only recognize “terrible tragedies” against transgender people, but would also “allow us the opportunity to give out stickers, armbands, and ask our teachers that support it to let us have about five minutes of class to talk about this important event.”

Among its suggestions for fighting “transphobia,” the Network News recommended candlelight vigils and marches, “performance actions,” cardboard tomb stones of “remembered people,” movie screenings, art and photography displays, and “anything else that reflects the grounding principles of breaking gender boundaries.” As for “addressing larger issues within the school or community,” the News suggested “adding ‘gender identity and gender expression’ to the school’s handbook” and “having some restrooms be gender neutral and available to people of all genders to use.”

Trangenders, however, are not necessarily “gay,” says the book. “Sexual orientation and gender identity are different. A person’s sexual orientation is related to whether the person is romantically attracted to men, women, or both. Gender identity, on the other hand, is about the person’s own internal identification as male, female, or a gender in between male and female. Just like nontransgender people, transgender people can be of any sexual orientation.”

The book notes several ways transgender people are discriminated against in schools. These include not being called by their self-identified names or pronouns, not having transgender or “gender non-conforming” restrooms and other spaces available to them, and being forced to conform to dress codes not “consistent with their gender identity.”

The UUs have devised new, all-inclusive bathroom signs for the transgendered. Check them out here.