The California Dreamin Transgender Convention, April 2-5, 2009, at the Hotel Doubletree, San Jose

Exploring the Relationship Between Gender Identity Disorder, Guilt and Shame in Male to Female Transgender Individuals

When: Saturday, April 4, 1:30–2:30 pm

Where: San Martin Room

Vitale (2000) and others view the emotions of guilt and shame as frequent by-products of gender identity disorder (GID). Although GID is observed almost equally in both genders, a small but specific segment of the biologically male population was surveyed for a recent study that looked closely at the dynamics of how guilt and shame influenced those born biologically male who are transgender. The presentation reviews what influence these emotions may have upon males who have the idea, wish or desire to transition to a female gender role.