By one reputable estimate, transgender adults represent about 0. Among the 43 transgender respondents we interviewed, most said they first felt their gender was different from their birth sex before puberty. For many, being transgender is a core part of their overall identity, even if they may not widely share this fact about themselves with many people in their lives.
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As the birth of each of our four children grew near, we had selected two names: one if the child was a girl, another if the child was a boy. So, with the approaching birth of our fourth child we selected the names Kathryn and Peter. Welcoming this beloved child into the world, obviously born a girl or so it seemedwe christened her Kathryn.
One of my earliest memories, about five years old, was being yelled at by a teacher for going to the toilet with the girls. About the same age I realised I was different to these other boys. At the age of nine I refused to have my hair cut.
It is for feminists and allies who are concerned about the erosion of sex-based rights and protections for women and girls. It is for everyone who questions the medicalisation of childhood feelings, the invasive and life-changing treatment of minors and the aggressive tactics of transgender and LGBT organisations to promote and normalise this medical experiment. It is for everyone who values free speech and open debate.
The national conversation about trans identity and community tends to focus on the newest crop of trans youth. But why don't we hear about older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals who manage to overcome the at times seemingly impossible odds and survive — and thrive — in America? For over five years, Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre have traveled across the United States photographing and interviewing older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals to ensure their stories, largely untold, are finally shared.
I would rather my kid change their sense of their gender times before puberty than die before they could live. Your anxiety over young kids claiming a truth of who they are is about you, not them, not medicine, not some grave threat. Deal with your shit and let others live.
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The answers to those, and many other, questions can be found in the books below. She debunks outmoded approaches to gender nonconformity that may actually do children harm. And she offers a new framework for helping each child become his or her own unique, most gender-authentic person.