Transgender SEAL

A new book has come out about a former Navy SEAL who is transgendered. This type of hypermasculinity is not uncommon among MTF transgendered people. That someone who internally identified as female would pursue an occupation which is so publicly identified with masculinity challenges the ideas of masculinity and femininity.

I think it also challenges the idea that transgender people are in some way mentally unstable. Clearly, to perform at the elite level of a Navy SEAL requires great mental strength and character. I hope that her coming out opens people’s eyes about the “normalcy” and health of people who experience Gender Dysphoria. Gender Dysphoria is still considered a mental disorder in the 5th Edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), but with greater societal and personal acceptance we are seeing fewer symptoms of poor mental health associated with being transgendered (much like homosexuality 40+ years ago).

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About Denis "Woodja" Flanigan

A Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Houston, he received his M.S. in Psychology and Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. He has over 10 years experience in working with high school and college students and adults in counseling centers, community mental health settings, and private practice addressing a wide range of psychological issues. He is an expert on non-traditional relationships and accepting of non-traditional belief systems.

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