There is a report out of Australia that says children are faking it and I don’t believe it.
Psychiatrist notes increase in children's use of transgender as way to be differentTo me this seems more anecdotal than a true research and it can harm the community. It makes us seems like we are running away from abuse as the conservatives are saying. That we are trans because of a domineering or an abusive father figure, or because of sexual assault. This doesn’t like the author did and research at all but rather, Gee, there are an awful lot of children who have been ____________, you can fill in the blank.
By Felicity Nethery
A growing number of Australian children confused about sexuality are identifying as transgender as a way of "standing out," according to a Brisbane psychiatrist.
Psychiatrist Dr Stephen Stathis, who runs a gender clinic at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital said out of the 180 children with gender issues the clinic is expected to see, only a minority would be diagnosed with gender dysphoria — a strong, persistent feeling of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one's own assigned gender.
When speaking with the Courier Mail, Dr Stathis said he had noticed many adolescents adopting a "try out" mentality towards being transgender as a way to be different.
"One said to me, 'Dr Steve ... I want to be transgender, it's the new black'," Dr Stathis told the Courier Mail.
Specific cases within the study of the clinic’s girl patients showed that some who had been sexually abused welcomed a transgender label.