Is it possible to be transgender?
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As we are debating if it's possible to be transgender, it's important that we define what the word "transgender" means. My opponent had his chance to reasonably define the word, but chose not to. Since my opponent didn't provide any definition, I will be the one to do so. This will be the one and only definition we use. As I said, my opponent already had a chance, so I reject any future offering he may make...
denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.
"a transgender activist and author"
Notice how whether one is transgender rests solely on one's self-identity. Sexual organs, chromosomes, DNA, etc. are not a factor in determining if a person is transgender or not. Because of this, any argument my opponent raises concerning these issues should be ignored because they would be irrelevant.
So, the only question is, are there any people who self identify as a transgender?
The answer is yes, as the following quote illustrates:
"I know I'm transgender because my brain knows it's female, and my body disagrees.
Lana, 26" 
With all due respect, I assert this debate is basically over, as I have just settled the issue.
So, I would like to start this off by clarifying how defining the word "transgender" when I didn't define it in my acceptance argument does not automatically mean that my opponent wins this debate. The whole point of the debate is not to see what the definition of "transgender" really is, of if people ever say that they are; it's to see if it is possible to be transgender, or to question the validity of the word. Besides, even if my opponent gave a definition in the first argument, I defined it in the comments while he was presumably writing his argument, but that gets into semantics a bit too much.
Now that we've gotten past the definition of the word "transgender," I would like to get into the meat of my argument, which is this; the belief that one is a gender that does not corespond with their biological sex is a mental illness, and that the medical community as well as society in general should work harder to help the individual overcome the illness, rather than encourage them to indulge in it. We have seen this attitude reflected in the medical community, most famously by a lead psychologist at Johns Hopkins Univeristy, but this is miniscule compared to the mass amount of medical and media support on the topic of transgenderism. 
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (commonly abbreviated to BDD) is a disorder in which an individual constantly focuses on one or more specific parts about their body that they view as overwhelmingly negative. It could be anything, from the individual's nose to their stomach, even their genitals. Common symptoms include (but are not limited to) constantly dressing in different ways than normal, changing their clothing, hairstyle, or makeup to look like people who don't have their trait, or seeking surgery to "fix" what they see as negative. People with BDD are also much more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders, depression disorders, and eating disorders. 
Does this not sound like people who identify themselves as "transgender?"
After all, transgender people hate a certain part of themselves (their biological sex), and are always trying to "fix" the gender they were born into, whether it be in the form of cross-dressing or sexual reassignment surgery. They are even more likely to suffer from eating disorders, which is another type of disorder involving unhappiness with one's self and the strong desire to change it. 
And if this evidence isn't enough, transgenders are the most likely, out of all groups of people alive today, to commit suicide. A study by UCLA showed that 45% of people between the ages of 18 and 44 who identify as transgender have attempted suicide. Now, can't it be argued that societal oppression is the main cause of tran ended suicide? Well, it turns out that sexual reassignment surgery doesn't much help. Individuals who do not want MTF (male-to-female) surgery have a 31% attempted suicide rate and people who don't want FTM (female-to-male) surgery have a 40% attempted suicide rate, and both those who want gender reassignment surgery and have had gender reassignment surgery have a 43% attempted suicide rate for MTF and a 49% attempted suicide rate for FTM. And finally, to cap it all off, transgenders who have said that everybody can look at them and tell that they're biologically different than what they say they are have a 42% attempted suicide rate, and transgenders who have never had anybody think that they're trans, never in their lifetime, still have a 36% attempted suicide rate. The only other group of people in recorded history who have had levels of attempted suicide remotley similar to transgenders were Jews living under Nazi Germany. If that doesn't clarify that transgenderism is a mental illness, I don't know what does. 
Well, that just about sums up my first argument. I look forward to my opponent's main points.
As for what my opponent said in the comments section, that's irrelevant. Voters are only allowed to consider what's found in the debate rounds.
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