How Young is Too Young to Transition?

The topic of trans children is a hot-button issue. I’ve blogged about it a bit, talking about how schools can prepare for this wave of change that’s coming, and unfortunately how sometimes they’ve handled it badly.

You may have guessed this post is inspired by last week’s Boy Scouts of America decision to allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in scouting programs. That’s a BFD, and a huge step forward for an organization that not so long ago was on my crap list.

Personally, I think we all know our hearts at a pretty young age. My own belief is that outside influences often confuse us; perhaps we should put more faith in our own gut instinct. But that may just be me. I have no experience in this realm – I’m a complete outsider who is just speculating.

But others seem to agree with me. I found a good article that shows why it’s okay for kids to start transitioning at a young age. And I’ve been following a new friend’s blog that I strongly encourage you to check out … she details her young daughter’s journey. She’s a warm and affable writer and it’s easy to relate to her, and her daughter’s, experiences.

What do you think … is there an “appropriate age” for children to transition? Do you think they’re any more likely to be “going through a phase” than adults are?

 

3 thoughts on “How Young is Too Young to Transition?

  1. Pingback: How Young is Too Young to Transition? | thats what lynn said

  2. Thanks, I learned something here. It is easy to read “transitioning” as gender reassignment surgery and that is not what is meant here. What I take away is that no one is suggesting a trans kid start transitioning before they reach natal puberty. Blocking puberty until as late as 16 years of age does not seem to me to be rushing anyone to transition. If a child is having great distress over their “wrong” genitalia, I assume that can be handled by a qualified therapist.

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