First of all, biologically there are more than two sexes. We all know about male or female, but there are also intersex people, whose primary sex characteristics don't match our typical expectations of male or female. Doctors tend to perform surgeries on these babies (Less than one day old) to make their genitals recognizable, either with their parents uninformed consent (There's something wrong with your child, we need to start surgery), or without their consent at all. Instead of constructing generals based on secondary sex characteristics like chromosomes, most just construct a vagina because that surgery has a much higher chance of success and just tell the parents that if they decide their child is female, then the child will be female. Unfortunately, that isn't how brain chemistry or the pituitary gland work, so many of these children who aren't lucky enough to be female in every other sense are very confused when they identify more with men despite being told that they are women, especially if they start growing beards when they reach puberty. So everyone saying that biology is simple and that there are only two sexes are simply wrong. Second, yes, having a gender identity that differs from one's assigned gender at birth is in fact considered a mental disorder. Gender dysphoria is in the DSM V and has been a part of the DSM for decades. It happens as a result of brain chemistry, in which one's neurological map of the body doesn't match the physical form, similar to amputees who feel phantom limbs. As a mental disorder, it also defines the way that a person identifies with respect to gender. The treatment for this mental disorder, according to the APA and any mental health professional, is to alter the person's physical characteristics to match the sense of self, which has always laid in the brain. Just like if someone "feels" warm, we treat them with antibiotics for a fever instead of making fun of them, stabbing them, shooting them, or setting them on fire, if someone "feels" transgender, then we treat them with therapy, hormone replacement therapy, and gender affirmation surgery instead of committing a hate crime. So those saying that these people are sick and deserve what happens to them, no we have a disorder that's easy to understand and we deserve to be treated like citizens with dignity, respect, and understanding. 90% of transgender people experience harassment in the workplace. Half of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. We are a targeted and marginalized community that experiences the most frequent and violent forms of harassment of any group, and it needs to stop. This is about safety and security, and for anyone who thinks that considering this bill is a waste of time, I agree. Introducing a bill that specifically removes protections from a people who live their lives in constant fear of being killed out of hate is a monumental waste of time.