[ View the story "Trans youth: Deciding who you are" on Storify] Trans youth: Deciding who you are How young is too young to transition?
The Stream· Wed, Apr 02 2014 09:38:14
On Monday, people around the world
International Transgender Day of Visibility.
The visibility of #trans people in the world that still tells them not to exist is equal to bravery! Happy #TDoV!
But, trans youth are
the most overlooked. Without support and recognition, they are at a
for homelessness, mental illness and
. The Stream community expressed other difficulties:
@AJStream heteronormative frameworks are still dominant in Britain. This needs to addressed not just for trans, but gender & sexuality also.rachel devoy
@AJStream medical system pathologizing trans youth and wanting them to fall within binary gender normsMicah G
@AJStream lack of knowledge among general population on gender identity issues, prejudice against non-binary gender expressionsMicah G
The social and physical transition is also a
for trans youth and their families. Doctors and parents often
what age is appropriate to begin a physical transition. While the right age for hormone treatment is still being
, some medical professionals
that 16 is a good baseline.
Online, some shared their thoughts on the acceptable age for transition:
@AJStream whenever they feel ready, even in childhood. In Argentina medical consent isn't required to do so. v.progressiverachel devoy
All children should be encouraged to express themselves and feel that it is safe to be who they are. While transition is deeply personal and different for each individual, I see no reason why, if as a child grows to adolescence and undertakes decisions that will effect the rest of their life in terms of education and employment, they should be prevented from making decisions relating to the development of their gender.Elizabeth Scott
There could never be an arbitrary age. Although, I would imagine there's advantages for a child to have hormone therapy before puberty, if that is what the child wants.Chuck Bailey
its a complex issue. if a person is old enough to express their own gender identity (given a choice, which most of us are not) then they are old enough to decide.Jack Jones
@raisazaidi @AJStream I am disturbed by the framing of the question. How about "how young is too young to foist gender onto our children?"Khadijah M. Britton
Others suggested ideas for overcoming obstacles to acceptance:
@raisazaidi challenge dominant heteronormative frameworks regarding attitudes towards ideas of gender & sexuality through lectures/coursesrachel devoy
@AJStream social media enlightens, educates the youth &also a distinctive way of informing the youth of their rights&errorsHumphrey Ngei
Many transgender youth have found a way to stay visible by
an online community. Some document their transitions:
FTM Transition: 4.5 years on Testosterone comparison!skylarkeleven
TIMELAPSE: 6 Years of Vlogs in Under 60 Seconds!!!grishno
Being Trans in Middle/High School Advicethedarkerfiction
Bathrooms - Trans Advicexmasterofthedarkx
On the heels of Transgender Day of Visibility, the Chilean Senate
a bill allowing trans people to change their name and gender identity without sex reassignment surgery a top priority.
While the UN
the rights of trans people as human rights, many countries have a
of laws that either protect or discriminate. Here's a
of trans rights in Europe. Several countries require sterilization in exchange for gender identity recognition.
Here are some questions people have for the transgender community:
@AJStream how does one stay strong being surrounded by such hetero normative supremacy?dandelion
Who r "trans youth"? Self-selected label #identity confusing bodies w/feelings? A psych diagnosis? #gendercrit #essentialismE. Hungerford
@AJStream how do transgender men and women cope with school, work and family life? The pressure and expectations of family and friends.M. Audi
@AJStream do they feel the uk government undermines the application process for trans asylum seekers?rachel devoy