What these activists don’t seem to realize is that simply giving a clinical name to the phenomenon of wanting to be other than the sex you were born with is a huge step forward in its being accepted by the community at large. For we no longer live in the Dark Ages when “homosexuality” was a mental disease and society was justified in locking homos up so they would infect the rest of us, or whatever it is we did. We live in an age (maybe a dark one as well, but you can never know whether you’re living in a dark age. That has to be decided by people looking back on you.) when mental disease has no stigma. Or at least no more stigma than the common cold.
Disease isn’t the fault of the sufferer. Maybe it makes them more noble, even. Anyway, naming the disease gives it legitimacy. No longer is it socially acceptable to call them perverts (though the term would literally still apply). And what’s better, naming the disease gives the “cure” credence. Now boy-girls and girl-boys can undergo surgery in the open, with professionals, probably paid for by insurance.
The next step, of course, is to stop refering to it as a disorder and proceed to call it just another lifestyle. But remember activists. The medical community dubbing it a legitimate disease was a pretty decent way to get people to accept it as normal.
1. Boys who think they are girls, but like boys
2. Boys who think they are girls but like girls
3. Girls who think they are boys but like boys
4. Girls who think they are booys but like girls
Then you have those who dress as the other sex for fun and can either be gay or straight, or when they dress up can be gay or straight in character.