Don’t judge them on their sexual orientationSex is the biological status that is assigned at one's birth and amalgamated with their physical characteristics such as their behaviors, internal and external anatomy, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics, and social roles in the society, their interaction, etc. Depending upon these, society considers them as either male or female. Many in the society are not happy with their ascribed sex/gender at birth thus venting distress, struggled to fit in the society, and later show frustration with their lives. Parents of such children or people become so concern about their children's gender-nonconforming or intersex conditions due to fear of society that many have to adjust their lives by acting in a more gender-conforming way or leave their family due to ono acceptance from them.
Many at the later stage embrace their transgender feelings and seek gender-affirming treatments while others tussle with their feelings of ignominy or awkwardness. If we look for an answer as to why some people have gender-nonconforming or intersex conditions, the experts just believe that it's the biological factors i.e. prenatal hormone levels or genetic influences that serve to the development of such characters. We call them by many names such as transgender, third gender, androgynous, two-spirit people, multi-gendered, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, cross-dresser, drag kings, drag queens, Zie, hir, etc but not all people that have gender-nonconforming or intersex conditions identify them as transgender, desire gender affirmation treatment or look for sex but would like to live a normal life.
Many people falling under such category just need support, love, acceptance, protecting them from social discrimination, standing for their social and economic rights, and living their life as they want and as others live. We need to educate ourselves by reading books about transgender issues, consulting with transgender experts, etc, and not looking at them in one universal way. Do not consider them as a mental disorder but accept them on their sexual orientation for they too are human and have the right to live happily in this world.
[My entry for the TOW contest on the topic 'Orientation'for the month of April 2021]