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  1. Ooh, nice attempt at handwaving there. Good try though. My sources are internationally renowned as authorities in the fields of medicine and psychology. Your "sources" are bunk: Psychology Today is not a scientific journal. Their standards are notoriously poor in the field and have been frequently known to publish questionable material, so referencing them is meaningless. They are a pop science magazine and their material is often inaccurate or out of date. That particular head shrink of John Hopkins is named Paul McHugh, whose research has repeatedly been labelled problematic and his conclusions deemed highly questionable by his peers. He has been pretty extensively discredited in many areas including post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, transvestism, homosexuality and dissociative identity disorder. He also happens to be a member of several right-wing conservative think tanks, and has known and acknowledged biases in that direction. The American Psychiatric Association's latest document is the DSM-5, which is already almost three years out of date, having been approved in December 2012. It has also been highly controversial in recent years, which has led to it becoming the subject of at least two congressional investigations regarding a number of conflicts of interest detected, especially in the fields of gender and autism related syndromes. It has also faced repeated criticism on an international level for ignoring major studies done in countries outside North America. That being said, even the APA does not agree with your belief that the best treatment for sufferers of Gender Dysphoria is behaviour modification, and no accredited source exists that supports your assertions that it is healthier to refuse to "pander to their delusions" than to engage and accept them. Not a single one. In fact the APA itself supports the opposite - engagement and acceptance, specifically determining that using the gender pronouns that the patient prefers is the healthy option and aids recovery and treatment. So, then - your beliefs are based on discredited bunk and obsolete science and nobody agrees with your assertions regarding treatment. Your implication that ridicule, belittlement and deliberately using incorrect gender pronouns is somehow in the sufferer's best interests is quite literally nonsense. It is nothing more than an attempt to (rather badly) disguise your prejudice and bullying as kindness, to make you feel better about the way you treat others.
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  2. Fair enough. If you want to keep your fingers in your ears and continue making yourself look like a fool that's entirely up to you.
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  3. So you're tellling me the awesome new developer team that wasn't here "5 years ago, 3 years ago or even last year" messed up the PvMP map that was promised for years?
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  4. These conversations never end well. See the above if you don't believe me. There is no one more closer to this subject than myself. You see a friend of over 30 years is in transition from male to female. I support his decision because it really doesn't effect me at all. And who am I to tell him he's wrong? Live your life how you want. But that doesn't mean I'm going to attack those who believe the opposite. You see in this world we have lots of different people. Some go to church each week some don't. Some have no problem with gays in their churches and some don't. The beauty of America is we welcome all belief systems. Your also allowed to disagree with those beliefs. But where I draw the line is stereotyping. No matter how much you disagree with a certain faction of human beings it is not OK to start categorizing them. Confederate flag draped, assault rifle stroking, ranting and raving right wing nut jobs. Really? Who's the biggoted one here? Do you even care that you just did what the people you describe and hate do? I don't identify with those groups but I am an NRA member. Does that instantly make me a member of your hate list? My family has supported gay marriage since I was a young boy. We have 2 relatives that have been in gay marriages since they made it legal is Massachusetts. Did we start throwing fits when our family church refused to do a ceremony? No we just joined a church that would do it. People have to get off their high horses that their opinions and beliefs are superior to all dissenting beliefs. And if you don't like living here in the US with people of different races, creeds, nationalities and religions well feel free to move to a place where everyone does agree with you. Good luck finding that place. Sorry about the rant but I can not stand by and see people get up on their pedistal and talk down to people, or stereotype them. I'll be here stroking my Socom 1 assault rifle supporting gay marriage and transgender people draped in the American flag bitching about my taxes and not praying to any god. Sometimes I am just sickened by society.
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  5. Then your point is spurious nonsense. I'm not labeling your opinions as bigoted and unacceptable "simply because I disagree with them." I am labeling them as bigoted and unacceptable because they are poisonous, spiteful, mean-spirited, exclusionary and ill-informed. So in that way I am very mechanically and objectively pointing out a truth. This is not a case where you can spin the mirror around and go "Ah-hah!" You need the moral high ground to do that, otherwise it's just a feeble attempt at deflection. You are especially ill-informed in your suggestion that having a gender identity that differs to your assigned sex is a "delusion," which implies you believe it to be a mental illness. This shows the level of your ignorance about transgenderism, and attitudes like yours perpetrate a huge amount of psychological damage on those to whom they are directed. It's abusive and callous behaviour and should not be accepted because of the harm it inflicts. Moreover, your refusal to use the pronouns appropriate to an individual's gender identity on the basis that 'they are a big old meanie poopyhead' betrays an enormous amount of childish vindictiveness and cruelty on your part that I can scarcely believe you are trying to justify. Nobody deserves to be treated that way. Yet you don't seem to care. In fact you seem to like doing it, because, I dunno, the internet or something. So at best you're an ignorant internet blowhard, and at worst you're a sadist and a bully. Take your pick, because either way it's bigotry.
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  6. Indeed I do see, and no, it doesn't work both ways. "You are the intolerant one for not tolerating my intolerance" is about the stupidest logical fallacy it is possible to encounter. It is also the same logical fallacy that those right wing Christian nutjobs in America trot out when they want to do horrible things like deny gay or Muslim people service in their shops, ostensibly on religious grounds, in order to try to make themselves the victim in the situation. And so I choose to believe that you are using it jokingly and are not that dense. Call me mega-polite, giving you the benefit of the doubt this way
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  7. Oh deary me, lol. I can only assume you're being facetious, because otherwise I've given you altogether too much credit.
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