But, often, I get asked by non-Objectivists and wannabe-Objectivists, "How can you call yourself an Objectivist and be transgender?" I simply don't have an answer at this time, maybe because there isn't a clear one yet for me. Bridget, I recall a story where someone asked Rand "Why should we listen to you, you arent even a real American" To which she responded, "I chose to be an American, what have you ever chosen?"
Personally, I think Rand's only failing was that she did not elevate the individual or the rational choices of the individual to their ultimate logical conclusions, still subscribing to a few social \ gender\ physical conceptions.
I also recall a news story about a young girl who wanted to be a flight attendant, and had wanted it all her life. (a link eludes me now) Unfortunately she was too short so had surgery done which lengthened her legs so she was able to meet the physical requirments of the job. I would be hard pressed to see why Rand would object to such a thing. Conversely, it is gaining popularity to get the same surgery in China among young boys, since being taller is associated with an elevated social status, I think Rand would disagree with this, the difference being the motivating source of action between the two. The former being internal, the latter being external and 2nd handed.
Given that, I think the reason why you chose to change your gender would be at the heart of the issue, and since you seem an intellegient rational individual interested in objectivism, I seriously doubt the source was 2nd handed ness. In that, you chose to become a woman, you made yourself into what you wanted to be. I think that is a pretty strong affirmation of rational individualism. How many of those wannabe objectivists have had the guts and courage to make as life altering of a decision as that?
We are all, essentially, sentient beings plopped into an arbitrary external machine to carry us about. If *you* want to change that machine, adding things here or taking things away there, according to your values, as long as they are of rational self interest, you are definately an objectivist.
What is it they think about being transgender is explicitly anti-objectivist anyway?