Why Kids Are Getting Transgender Surgery
Many parents, doctors embrace early action
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
Updated Mar 16, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – As transgender rights gain more attention, parents and doctors are embracing transgender surgery for children at younger ages—even kids in elementary school, writes Margaret Talbot in the New Yorker. The thinking: Early surgery and puberty-suppressing medication will make kids better-looking and mentally stronger as they change genders. But some parents are straining under the pressure of making such a huge decision for a young child. "I wonder if I'm holding him back," says the father of a 3-year-old who seems transgender. "Like, should I be asking, 'Do you want to be called a he or she?'"

Talbot's article looks at Skylar, a teenager in New Haven who began his FTM (that's female-to-male) transition at age 14. He went on testosterone, had his breasts removed, and won his school's "homecoming" with a female date. What's more, his quiet confidence is supported by a culture of transgender support groups, YouTube videos, enthusiastic TV reporting, and a new diagnosis of "gender dysphoria"—more positive than the old "gender identity disorder." But some experts say early medical treatment is risky, and a few parents are still nervous: "A lot of these kids are sad for a variety of reasons," says the mother of a FTM teen. "Maybe the gender feelings are the underlying cause, maybe not."

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Babygirlblend
Jun 21, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
Well, ain't this interesting. I am happy that I have served so long in the military to give ya'll the ability to be bigots. It doesn't matter that slavery is ended or that as a society we are supposed to be the home of the free and the brave. Who do you think is more brave, the sinner who throws the stone at a person that doesn't conform to the sinners point of view or the person who despite the ridicule and pain, must admit to who they are and proceed on their own path? You have no idea who these children are and what is going through their minds. Let me ask you this, would it be better to kill them outright or let them kill themselves? Because I can promise you, that is the path that you will set them on if you refuse to give them the same rights and freedoms that I have given you. I guess from a bigots point of view, killing them isn't a sin, it's YOUR right. Just like it was the right of the plantation owners to kill their slaves. Anyway, that is the view of this former military veteran. Oh yeah, I was a police office and I was a member of the special tactics squad. We learned to fight in very close quarters with weapons and hand-to-hand. It was a VERY masculine job and I am transgendered. I doubt very much if ANY of you could match up to who I was as a man, let alone as the woman that I am now.
augie2
Mar 17, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
Why, because their shithead liberal parents aren't satisfied with having a child not of their sexual choosing. You really think a 2-3 year old know anything about the sex it is ? This has become a pick and choose society. Let their little boy's hair grow long to convince others that the child really is a girl by birth and as such a sex change is necessary. It's all bullshit and it's all the parents doing.
Imhotep
Mar 17, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
Doctors = Whores