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Botswana must recognize ‘transgender’ man as woman, court orders

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

GABORONE, Botswana, December 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge has ordered the Botswana government to approve transgenderism by officially recognizing a man as a woman.

In what is being widely touted as alandmarkcase in favor of transgender normalization, Botswana High Court Judge Leatile Dambe ruled that President Ian Khama’s administration must legally acknowledge Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, a 30-year-old male, as female.  He is to be issued a new identity card with his gender listed as a “woman” by the end of this year.

Last year, Kgositau, the director of the transgender activist organization “Gender Dynamix,” had sex “change” surgery in Thailand.  He told the Independent his fight for legal recognition as the opposite sex is just the beginning of demanding “more access to all other rights.”

Homosexual lobby organization Legabibo’s Anna Mmolai-Chalmers confirmed that the legal recognition of a man as a woman is just “the first step” and will “reform public opinion.”

Last month, the Botswana High Court ruled the government had to recognize a transgender woman-to-man’s gender change.  With the Kgositau male-to-female ruling, the government must admit both sex “changes” equally.

Kgositau first brought his case to the High Court in August, but The Voice Botswana reported he delayed until December, when sympathetic Presiding Justice Dambe was available.

In 2014, the Botswana High Court overruled an administration ban against recognizing or officially registering the gay group Legabibo.  The court has since ordered the government to admit Legabibo.

Many experts, however, disagree with the premise that enabling sex “change” helps the gender confused.

American College of Pediatricians President Dr. Michelle Cretella says that to enable transgenders in their quest to become the opposite sex is harmful abuse of the individual.  She calls administering opposite sex hormones tantamount to “chemical castration.”

Multiple studies have found that “transgender” people who seek to become the opposite sex are not happy or fulfilled.  In fact, a life-or-death internal war is continually going on within, to the degree that many seek to end their lives.

One study found that over 41 percent of active “transgender” people try to kill themselves --ten times the average suicide attempt rate.

And self-mutilation does not solve the internal problem.  Chris Hyde, the director of the University of Birmingham’s Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, admitted, “A large number of people who have [sex change] surgery remain traumatized – often to the point of committing suicide.”

Transgender Alan Finch, who now regrets his permanent mutilation, explained, “The analogy I use about giving surgery to someone desperate to change sex is it’s a bit like offering liposuction to an anorexic.”

Botswana, which is a republic just north of South Africa, has 2.3 million people.  Sodomy remains illegal in the country.

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