Feb. 26th, 2012

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The PSA is this: Delaying the onset of puberty is, as far as we know, a harmless process that will do nothing irreversible. There is no reason to campaign against it.

Where this comes from:

Apparently I'm not the only one who is creeped out by a sudden rise in adults (who are not trans allies) talking about children who are transgender, particularly transsexual. I thought maybe I was imagining it.

Seriously, best article ever.

I would like to think this conversation should be a good thing, raising awareness and support for transsexual kids and their families. If people could just understand how much biological sex is determined by hormones, that would be a good start. Medicine can do awesome things if you're a teenager: in particular, you can pretty easily delay puberty for a couple of years until you decide which sex's hormones you want to take, and not suffer irreversible consequences. Ideally that means, for trans girls, they never have to have their voices change or develop facial hair; trans boys don't have to grow breasts; etc. Or they can allow those things to happen later.*

Of course, the more cis adults talk about it, the more likely it is that there could be restrictions placed against allowing kids to take hormone blockers. Some people are already framing the conversation as if kids are going to have sex reassignment surgery (SRS).** Seriously? People who are honestly worried about that should stop doctors from performing non-consensual genital surgery on intersex kids.

(Happy to discuss, clarify, etc. I won't bite.)

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