Transgender KidsI ran across an article today about a transgender boy that had his breasts removed at the age of 15. I've seen stories on television showing grade-school aged kids living as transgedered. Honestly, I'm not sure what I think.
I hear the stories about how much happier these kids are once they live life according to the gender they feel comfortable in. Parents tell stories about how letting their children make the transition (either partially or totally) has basically saved their kids lives. And, honestly, I see where they are coming from. I'm sure it's liberating to see a depressed, unhappy child come out of his or her shell to live life to it's fullest.
But. How young is too young? Letting a boy take on the persona of a girl at a young age is one thing. But, hormone treatments at 12? Breast removal at 15? These are huge decisions where there is often no turning back. You have to be at least 18 to get a tattoo because of the irreversible nature of the procedure. Obviously a tattoo and a transgender youth aren't the same thing, but the idea is the same. This is an irreversible procedure for the most part.
Kids are kids, and unfortunately their decisions aren't always thought out. I'm not going to say that this boy or any other transgender youth isn't going to be transgender forever, but shouldn't we at least wait until he is older before we go down this track? I don't know, call me right wing if you must, but I just can't get behind this one.