I was watching a clip about a young, 4 year old, male who decided she is a girl. For her it was such a natural choice and it would be difficult to argue with her. Especially since her parents are 100% behind her. The father is worried for her as life may be more difficult, but he still stands behind her.
I listen to all the talk and the arguments about how children should be “who God made them to be” or “they aren’t old enough to make that sort of choice.” Really? Are we always going to try and bring everyone to our “side” by stating that “God wants it so”? My own idea of God has been that He (She? It? Other?) is perfectly okay with whoever we choose to be and however we choose to express that. You can imagine the problems I receive with that from others. I generally respond with “that’s your choice” or “that’s not how I believe”. I don’t care for arguing, especially about religion. I feel very comfortable and strong in my own faith; I don’t need the faith of others.
But back to the topic. As far as being old enough to choose, in a sense, with a strong enough expression, 3- 5 may be the best age for expression of that type. They are not yet conditioned to believe they have no choice in the matter. And, a lot of the ridicule may well be gone by the time they are in high school. Acceptance comes early when it is expressed early, in my opinion.
It doesn’t work for everyone, but think of this: if you were born one sex and “knew in your heart and brain that you did not feel comfortable with that born-choice, what would you do? Would you acquiesce and remain your birth gender and be miserable or try for a change? If that seems too easy for you, pick something you love and ask what would happen if some seriously tried to take it away. What if the law was on their side?
I have had the honor and privilege to have 1 transgender m-to-f people in my life directly. She is sweet and wonderful. I have spoken to 2 others. They were pleasant and nice, if a bit nervous and scared of society. The one is a friend; we talk when we get the chance. I like her. She is unwavering in her decision and comes across strong in that area. I am very happy to know her and to call her friend.
I have a lot of friends who society labels as “Different”. I am certain that society, some of it, labels me as “Different”. I am comfortable in my shell. I am becoming more comfortable as time goes on and I learn more.
Transgenders are p-e-o-p-l-e. They have feelings and have lives. If you don’t like the idea then simply don’t become friends. Try to stay away. But the ridiculous fear and stigma should not exist. I am happy that so much of this last teenage generation is putting aside all of these biases and bringing bigger portions of the world together.
There may be some hope for us yet. Biggots, racists, and all other people who are biased should simply step down and let the new world order take over, at least, as far as this is all concerned. We have a lot on our plate in order to survive another 100 years. Let’s take this one item, a big one, off and deal with the rest.