• Jennifer Bilek

From Transexual to Transgender to Transhuman Part II

Updated: May 13


In part I of this post, I documented the meeting that launched a global project to drive the normalization of what has become a body-denying ideology known as transgenderism. Martine Rothblatt, along with three other transsexual lawyers in the early to late 90’s worked together to create an international, legal framework for the cultural acceptance of sexual identities that were not embodied in biological reality.


Within a few years of the Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy (ICTLEP) driven by Rothblatt and Frye, two male lawyers in the US identifying as transsexual and two more lawyers identifying as transsexual in the UK, Rothblatt studied for a PhD in medical ethics in London. He was granted a PhD in 2001, based on his dissertation on the conflict between private and public interest in xenotransplantation - any procedure that involves the transplantation, implantation or infusion into a human recipient of live cells, tissues, or organs from a nonhuman animal source.


Rothblatt is a tenacious and accomplished individual. He’s worked in Washington, DC in the field of communications satellite law. He has worked for NASA. He was the CEO of GeoStar and the creator of SiriusXM Satellite Radio


He also led the International Bar Association's biopolitical (an intersectional field between human biology and politics) project to develop a draft Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights for the United Nations (whose final version was adopted by the UNESCO on November 11, 1997, and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1998).


Rothbaltt, a self-professed transhumanist, is highly invested in human immortality. He not only believes we can live indefinitely, but has created an organization, Teresam Movement to promote the geoethical (world ethical) use of nanotechnology for human life extension. Teresam conducts educational programs and supports scientific research and development in the areas of cryogenics, biotechnology, and cyber consciousness.

He has worked in partnership with Ray Kurzweil of Google, promoting a screen adaptation of The Singularity Is Near .


Rothblatt authored a peer reviewed essay in 2008, published for the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, etnitled “Are We Transbemans Yet?” while he was still the head of United Therapeutics. The essay speculated about reinventing our species and coins a new term called beme. He wrote:

“The bottom line of this essay is that in an Information Age society the “beme is mightier than the gene.” This means that transmissible units of character or existence are more important than genetic information. For example, most people’s love-mate is a person with whom they share no genetic commonality outside of that which is in the general gene pool of their community.  However, a lasting interpersonal relationship is only possible if the two partners share a strong appreciation for each other’s bemes – their characters, natures, and ideational units of existence. 

“To say the “beme is mightier than the gene” is to disagree with the socio-cultural implication of “blood is thicker than water.” Most people’s strongest relationship, that with their spouse, or with a best friend, is not a blood relationship. On the other hand, bemes are not like mere water. A person builds up his or her bemes over time and evolves them as appears most conducive to an enjoyable life. More apropos than “blood is thicker than water” is “minds are deeper than matter.”  


“This essay aims to open our eyes to the fact that because our society is now based upon bemes more than genes it must logically re-conceptualize its species boundary.“


A man who has enormous power and resources, one at the root of the transgender and human genome projects, a lawyer, changing laws to accommodate his views, is calling on humanity to breach its species boundaries. This should give us all pause.




It is revelatory to see a year by year trajectory of Rothblatt's pursuits since he authored the first draft of the Transexual and Transgender Health Law Report, in 1992.

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See Part I on this blog post here.


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