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Identity differences between residents is one qualifying factor for DID and a potential qualifying factor for OSDD. This includes gender identity, and sexual orientation.
The overwhelming majority of multiples have at least one person in their system who is not the same gender as their body. This includes residents with no gender identity (either from a species without gender, or who do not have a gender identity).
Many systems also have residents who are differently-attracted than each other, including asexual.
It's very common for multiples to wrestle with transgender issues, body/gender mismatch issues, and differences in their attraction or level of attraction to partners or spouses due to differences in the identity of system residents.
Some systems decide to transition, and in most cases whether transitioning or not, residents have to deal with a mismatch of their identity with their bodily traits or presentations.
Many years ago, a group of female residents of The Crisses asked whether our male residents desired transitioning. We guys decided that we did not wish to transition, because we wouldn't be satisfied with the results of a transition for ourselves. We already have body issues due to species differences, and looking like a 15-year-old version of our human sperm donor had no appeal to us and would be as triggering to look in a mirror as ever. Actually, probably more so. Hormone differences could help us feel more "ourselves", but this body and these hormones never stopped us from feeling "ourselves" when we front. Protrusions present or lacking aside, we personally didn't think surgery or taking hormones would serve in our personal best interests or serve the system. Everyone needs to make these decisions for their own system, or their own person, and we declined. We since have had one surgical alteration which I think has helped everyone in the system overall, which was a uterine hysterectomy due to other medical issues — collateral connective tissue damage from our 2 births. It's nice not to need people-with-period products any longer, and not to have discomforts associated with it. We opted not to undergo surgical menopause and kept our ovaries for a variety of health reasons. Overall, we continue to identify as non-binary/gender-fluid. We have a number of asexual residents such as Warren who does not come from a species with gender. We prefer "they" as a pronoun, as it both acknowledges our multiplicity and does not exclude any residents with gendered language — that said we tolerate any pronoun. "Call us whatever you want, just don't call us late for dinner."
A good majority of Crisses are pansexual, or asexual. We find the person in their body attractive, their body is a gateway to interacting with the person inside it. That said, we have triggers related to women due to our egg donor being one of our abusers, and having a relationship with a cult leader didn't help any — so it does affect our relationships with women. It's something we can compensate for, but it does affect our emotional intimacy level.
—Telré of Crisses
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