Transgender children

Posted by: ninernation

For transgender children, family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status. It also protects against high-risk issues such as depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors.

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Parents should support their children to live as a transgender and accept their identity.

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Parents should not support their children because they are confused.

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themightyindividual says2015-07-29T01:02:03.7084160Z
Just because I wanted to be Superman when I was a kid doesn't mean my parents should have encouraged me to fly.
benhos says2015-07-29T14:37:34.9678115Z
"mental illness" What. The. F***?
Texas14 says2015-07-29T16:58:49.5193352Z
Parents should inform their children about who they are and then the children should decide for themselves.
ninernation says2015-07-30T21:16:03.4568598Z
Thank you all for your comments. Some of you stated that these children are confused or have a mental illness. Transgender children, teens, and adults do not identify with the sex they are born with, in fact they feel trapped in the wrong body. According to WebMed, the feeling that one’s body does not reflect their true identity can actually cause severe distress, anxiety, and depression and even increase the risk of suicide. According to Vocativ (2015) the statistics show 41% of transgender people in the U.S. have reported of attempting suicide. According to Youth suicide prevention program in Washington, shows that more than 50% of transgender youth will have had at least 1 suicide attempt by their 20th birthday. Some real life examples are 17 year old, Leelah Alcorn, and 16 yr. Old, Ash Haffner, committed suicide because they were not accepted as transgender individuals. This feeling of dissatisfaction, which is called Dysphoria, with their body can be so intense that it can interfere with the function of a normal life, school, work and other social activities, according WebMed. The mismatch between body and internal sense of gender is not a mental illness. The focus should not on be mental illness, but rather addressing depression, anxiety, and stress that goes with transgenders. I’d like to share a story of a transgender girl with supportive parents. Josie Romero who at the age of 6 began living like a girl and as soon as her parents embraced her identity, some positive changes began to occur, such as she stopped having tantrums, she was able to sleep and no longer needed medications. Her supportive mother states, I quote “I’d rather have a living transgender daughter than a dead son”. Now I’d like to share a story of a trangender girl without the parental support. The 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn from Ohio a transgender girl, who committed suicide at age 17 because her parents refused to accept her as a transgender girl. In her suicide note, she stated feeling lonely and alienated and hoped that her death meant something towards changing society and accepting the transgender community. At age 4 I quote her words, felt “like a girl trapped in a boy’s body” and after 10 years she finally realizes her true identity as a girl and came out to her parents to only be told she will go to hell and will never be a girl. As a society, we need to be open to learning and supporting people being different. We have to open our minds to different prospectives and allow people to express themselves and live the life they want to live. These children and teens go through a tough time trying to get accepted. Instead of rejecting their identity, we should support and empower their existence, thus reducing depression, humiliation and lack of confidence in the growing population of transgenders. References Fox, F. (2015). Leelah Alcorn's Suicide: Conversion therapy is child abuse. Retrieved from http://time.Com/3655718/leelah-alcorn-suicide-transgender-therapy/ Vocativ. (2015). Transgender suicide attempt rates are staggering. Retrieved from http://www.Vocativ.Com/culture/lgbt/transgender-suicide/ WebMD. (n.D.). Gender Dysphoria: What It Is and How It's Treated. Retrieved from Wikipedia. (n.D.). Death of Leelah Alcorn. Retrieved from https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Death_of_Leelah_Alcorn
stainless67 says2015-10-10T08:53:51.7386128Z
Thank god I'am not transgender, I have no prejudice towrds the LGBT thank god i'am not transgender no way in hell could I do it
harrytruman says2016-02-01T07:05:23.8344254Z
If you pretend that they are a different gender, you'll confuse them, it's not fair to do that to children.
sebban468 says2016-11-13T21:34:47.1049429Z
Parents should not support such abomination! Do they want their children to get bullied? And end up like complete freaks? Com on people, get real!

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