Gia’s post is here and I have SO MUCH to say about this. My child is 15 and is completely caught in that. Born male, diagnosed with Aspergers at 12, mostly lived online since the age of 13 and has been really influenced by what’s been happening. Is sure of being trans* and of me being a horrible cis person and completely transphobic. Has refused to speak to the therapists who have been trying to help, has refused to engage with anyone else who would be able to do anything practical. Hates me for not just buying HRT treatment over the internet. Says ‘I just want to be treated like a woman’ to which I’m saying ‘hell I am a woman but I’m not treated as one. What do you expect?’ Does not go outside because everything is harmful. Hates own body so is depressed and nothing can be done to help. Is only dealing with people who ‘understand’, everyone who doesn’t completely use the terminology established by trans* activists is harmful. Hasn’t been outside since April. Is otherwise a great kid and could do ok if not for all of this.
I’ve been going to speak to the therapists weekly for a year (but stopped a month ago because everyone realised there was nothing they could do, and started pushing me to make changes, and that wasn’t helping either. And I don’t like experiments with people’s mental health.)
I have a number of activists in my network so I get to read posts about trans* people suffering for years with hormones, operations, and screwing up their systems and ending up committing suicide at some point. The recent assisted suicide from Belgium topped it all off. Am I a bad parent for being concerned that this is ever going to work out in any sort of way?
So yes, I agree, we need to be more aware. But I would like to kick those trans* activists that have been brainwashing my child. Am I a horrible cis person for that?