Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When To Transition?

Some say it is too early for a child to know that they are trans or not. Others say let the child explore their gender.
Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children 
Colorado Springs Independent
By Heidi Beedle
March 22, 2017

On Feb. 22, the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era guidance, which urged schools to allow trans students to use facilities that correspond to their identified gender. This guidance originally emerged in response to efforts to ban transgender people from public restrooms, pushed by conservative state legislators, many of whom were provided with pre-written legislation and lobbied by groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel.

The rescission of the Obama guidance was not about states' rights — as the Trump administration's saber-rattling over legal marijuana the very next day proved — but about erasing the existence of trans youth from public schools.
Right On! The Republicans want us back in the closet, out of sight, out of mind.
Adults often wring their hands over the impact of the "gay agenda" on young people, ignoring both personal agency and the immutable nature of sexuality and gender identity. The pushback against trans rights in recent years has been bolstered by dubious claims from discredited mental health professionals such as Kenneth Zucker and Paul McHugh, and the advocacy of thinly veiled hate groups such as the American College of Pediatrics (not to be confused with the American Academy of Pediatricians, a legitimate medical group which opposes any legislation that discriminates against trans children).
She got that right. They hide behind so called medical professionals, but really it is just a few conservative medical professionals who are trying to hide behind a highfaluting sounding organization designed to confuse people in to thinking it is a legitimate organization.
Trans youth face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to assert their identities, even though they overwhelmingly report an improved quality of life as a result of their transition. The actions taken by the Trump administration and by various state legislators to block trans people from restrooms are an attempt to block trans people from public life, to bully kids back into the closet. Take it from me, bad-faith arguments about desistance don't stop kids from transitioning, it just forces them to wait until they're 30.
Let them find their way,we should only be their guides through life and not lead them.

This morning and afternoon I was down in New Haven at Southern Connecticut State University teach two classes on public health.

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