The other day I got a question about allowing children to transition - since I didn’t have knowledge on the subject I opened it up to tumblr. Here were some of the responses:
I think the distinction is that these kids that are transitioning at that age aren’t just letting their kids do it because “it’s what the kids want.” Gender Identity Disorder is something identified and “diagnosed” (for lack of a better term) by a psychologist. Children that are transitioning do so in a guided way; it isn’t just the parents letting their child do this. If the submitter was referring to kids who wear non-gender-conforming clothes, well, kids go through phases.
Just because your three-year-old boy likes to wear pink shoes or puts on a Disney Princess dress sometimes indicates nothing about his gender identity or sexuality. Gender Identity Disorder does exist in young children and is identifiable even from a young age.
the submitter needs to realize that sexuality and gender are two very different things that manifest differently. Someone who is misgendered, theoretically, never feels comfortable in their own body. Someone who is gay or bisexual has to come to terms with their feelings about others, not themselves … if that makes sense.
I wish I had transitioned when I was a kid. I was certain I was trans at age 13, and that hasn’t changed in the last 8 years. It would’ve been much easier to transition as a teen, or to at least be put on hormone blockers and transition later. I’m not able to do it now because I’m at a university in a very conservative state, and I don’t have enough money for both hormones and surgery. I think that young trans kids should at least be allowed to have hormone blockers, if not full transition.
As far as trans* kids go, I know a lot of parents who will start their children off on a slow process, especially if they’re threatening to commit suicide which happens a lot and these kids are very young.
Regarding the anon who spoke about trans children, and how they would have made the wrong decision as a child. I have to ask - did they go to a trans positive therapist at any point in their childhood? Because transitioning is incredibly, incredibly more difficult as a child, and an adult already has a hard time getting the medical and other support they need. Additionally, children usually don’t get put on drugs until near-puberty, instead ‘simply’ living as their real gender. (cont.)
Essentially, these children will go through a battery of tests - usually more than most adults, at least in America - to make certain they want to actually be a different gender. Once they are determined that yes, they really, really do, they still have to wait for appropriate medical care. Do mistakes happen? Possibly. But they would be incredibly few and far between, and I would guess that the anon would have realized they weren’t trans long before anything medically happened.