Question: What does someone that identies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or queer-fluid...have in common with someone who is transhuman?
Answer: These are terms that people use to define themselves regarding their own sex, gender, body.
if people won’t support civil rights for LGBT people, what makes you think they will support our right to modify our bodies with technology? LGBT civil rights are completely worth advocating on their own terms, but a world that accepts a diversity of sexual orientations will also be more open-minded about other forms of diversity, and that is not only helpful, but moral.
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are also natural allies of transhumanism since the right to control one’s own body means being able to share it with other consenting adults. The champions of natural law attack homosexuality and human enhancement with the same arguments. In-vitro fertilization allows lesbians to have children without having sex with a man. Work on fertilizing eggs with the DNA from another egg or replacing egg DNA with sperm DNA would allow gay parents to both have a genetic link to their children.
The experiences and lessons learned from other social movements - the race, LGBT, feminist and other movements - may be useful here. For example, some of the commonsense values listed and many more have been reevaluated by past movements.
In traditional conversations and prejudices, the matter of what gender someone chooses to identify as, or whom they sleep with have nothing to do with someone extending the function of the human body with technology. Yet, they are all personal decisions by individuals for how they choose to define their own sex, gender, body.
Whose choice is it, if a person...
- chooses to identify as one gender or another?
- chooses to have consensual sex with another adult(s) of one gender or another?
- chooses to replace one's own body parts with technology that improves or alters the human body?
Is it society's choice or the individual? Who has dominion over your sex, gender, body?