Meet Luis. Luis is a man. More specifically, he is a human man. But Luis does not want to be a human. Luis wants to be an Elf. Luis “identifies” as an Elf. Luis has spent thousands and thousands of dollars to surgically alter his appearance to more closely resemble an Elf. Luis believes he was born as the wrong species. He wishes to be treated as ‘trans-species’.
Question #1: If Bruce Jenner can arbitrarily change his gender, and Rachel Dozeal can arbitrarily change her race, can Luis arbitrarily change his species?
Question #2: Is Luis actually trans-species and can he transform into an actual Elf? Or is Luis suffering from some form of mental disability?
Question #3: Which is more compassionate: Being accepting and accommodating of his ‘trans-species’ self identity, or providing Luis access to professional mental health care?
Question #4: I identify as a potted fern. I have painted myself green and require that my family mist me twice a day. I consider myself trans-genus. How is this any different than items #1,2 or 3 above?