If there is one thing this community is good at, its word games.
The feel good term of 2011 is GCS, which means Gender Confirming Surgery. Its an umbrella term that encompasses ALL surgical procedures that any trans identifying person subscribes to on the path of body alignment. GCS is the new replacement for SRS [Sex Reassignment Surgery] because Trans-Inc is hell bent on making sure the term SEX is not used in the same vein as anything that concerns GENDER identity. They do not want people being confused. So Trans-Inc has given you GCS as its replacement. But like SRS, it is merely an umbrella term.
What gets in my crawl, is when GCS is used in place of saying GRS, which is the official medical term for Genital Reassignment Surgery. Its GRS, because that is what it is. Your genitals are being RE-ASSIGNED from one to the other.
To those that never will be having a surgery, saying GCS can be a slap in the face, if used improperly. So be careful how you use it. GCS implies that a Bottom Surgery is a Holy Grail of confirmations for ones gender identity. This is so wrong, IMO. It leaves some trans identifying people who have not or can not have surgery, out in the cold by setting up a barrier for them to be alienated into a reservation of being "something other than", and not the gender which they identify with.
The Transsexual Romulan's who want to be separatists and live beyond the neutral zone of the Transgender Federation for the Gender Spectrum, are just LOVING this term, because it once again helps to CONFIRM that there is a divide between Transgender and Transsexuals. Yes, it boils down again to the same old argument of who is Post-op and who is Pre-Op. The Term GCS, when used improperly, feeds into that mentality.
Granted, there are differences in experience for pre and post op trans identifying people, but, it is NOT a bench mark for who is a woman, and who is not. It does NOT confirm you as a woman, rather it is confirming [aligning] your body to match your brain... but so is Top surgery, and taking hormones, and many other things. So to limit GCS for use of Bottom Surgery, is IMO, wrong.
When someone is going to have Bottom Surgery, it is medically, and politically correct to refer to it as GRS. Not GCS. For example: "Jennifer is going to have a Gender Confirming Surgery next week..." and that would imply she is having some kind of medical procedure that is confirming to her PHYSICAL gender alignment process. When I hear someone use GCS, I am left wondering, did they have Top, Bottom, FFS, what?
GRS is not to be confused by saying "GENDER Reassignment surgery" either. Its "Genital" We are not reassigning your gender. Your gender is in the brain. To do a Gender Reassignment, we would have to transplant your entire brain or somehow reprogram it. GRS is a surgical proceedure that reassigns your genitals from one gender to the other.