An analysis of the reasons why transsexuals feel that they were born in the wrong gender or why they feel the need to change to the opposite gender will also be covered. This will include looking at the way society reacts to those who have undergone gender reassignment or are about to undergo such treatment, as well as the way in which society treats those who have chosen to live as the opposite sex without having the surgical procedure. Often transsexuals face ridicule from family and friends and society as a whole tends to mock those that are either in the process of changing gender or have fully undergone the transition.
The study will look at the change in attitudes over the last few decades to establish whether transsexuals are more readily accepted then previously or whether they are still ostracised and ridiculed and held up as objects of scorn. To give a full picture of how transsexuals are treated the study will divide society into different age groups and classes to establish whether people of a younger generation are more accepting of transsexualism as well as whether class also plays a part the acceptance or non-acceptance of transsexuals.
The study will conclude with an in depth analysis of whether the Gender Recognition Act is a welcome piece of legislation. This will take account of the attitudes of those who have undergone the transition as well as those who have chosen to live as the opposite gender without having gender reassignment and compare their views of the Act with society as a whole. There will be a discussion centred on those who feel that the Act is necessary and those that are totally opposed to the Act. It will also cover the reasons why these groups are either for or against the Act and will answer the topic posed of whether the Act is welcome.
Modern diagnosis of transsexualism began in the 19th century after a study conducted by a