By Lee Ji-Eun, Social Desk Editor
Recently, a Korean entertainer, Ha, Ri-Soo, announced that she was going to marry a guy four years younger than herself. People were shocked to hear about it. Negative opinions about this news then spread quickly around news portal sites on the Internet. This is because she was born a man and had a trans-gender operation to become a woman.
Most Korean people have negative feelings about trans-genders because Korea has been influenced by Confucianism and has strict rules about sex roles. So trans-genders go against the rules of nature and Korean traditions. However, nowadays trans-genders are publicizing their sexual identity even though people scorn them. I believe they're courageous. Should the love and marriage of a trans-gender like Ha, Ri-Soo be criticized by ordinary people? My answer is no!
A trans-gender has a hormonal imbalance. This means their physical sex is male but gender is female on vice versa. In the case of Miss Ha, her appearance and behavior is really female. That's the way she really is.
Trans-genders face deep-seated prejudice. People despise them because trans-genders go against traditional moral standards. The society regulates one's sexual identity from birth. This is a long-cherished custom from our distant past. But changing one's sex is a natural decision to fine-tune one's real identity and not a challenge to the will of God.
Marriage is a union between two people who love each other. So, trans-genders have a right to marry somebody whom they love and will be happy with. A lot of people object to their marriages because they are worried about the future of the society. They say that children adopted by trans-genders will suffer from the fact that their mother or father is a trans-gender. In fact, the children suffer a lot because of social prejudice, but not because of their trans-gender parents' behavior.
We have to respect trans-genders like other members of the society and not treat them like monsters or aliens. Think of it this way. Who wants to give up their original sexual identity and be a target of scorn? They change their sex to become who they really are. They just want to be themselves.
Lee Ji-Eun firstname.lastname@example.org
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