In this paper the author argues that trans‐identification and its associated medical treatment can constitute an attempt to evade experiences of psychological distress. This occurs on three levels. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/14…
I’m no therapist, but I feel this is an important paper for therapists to read.
“There is a rapidly growing body of literature (Withers 2015; Patterson 2017; Ayad 2018; Bonfatto and Crasnow 2018; Lemma 2018; Littman 2018; Rustin 2018; Withers 2018b; Stagg 2019; D'Angelo 2020; Pick 2020) suggesting that...
psychological issues can play a crucial role in young people's trans‐identification.”

All of this came out AFTER our son started to identify as a girl. Those days were so hard, when there was nothing to back up our gut feelings that something was terribly wrong.
Now, 5yrs later, what’s hard is watching our son, his supportive and encouraging peer group, and what seems like the entirety of society dismiss this research as confirmation bias or worse.

This is a long road. Patience wanes, and it’s hard to keep fear at a manageable level.
I continue to be hopeful my son will have the strength and courage to explore alternate paths. My thanks to @BobWithers52 for beautifully articulating what this process might look like, and reminding us of the challenges therapists face.

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16 Jul 19
Important thread ⤵️.

At 18, my son was prescribed 300mg/day of Spiro by a GP to drop testosterone. This was after <3hrs with a social worker who believed herself qualified to recommend med transition. He became very ill and thankfully stopped taking them, but plans to try again
The social worker had attended a conference on gender & was recommended to my son as the local expert. It was still a new thing in my area, so hardly anyone in the med community here had dealt with it. They did tell me they’d seen an ⬆️ in #s @ that time, but didn’t question it.
I met with her & she knew NOTHING about medical risks.

Nothing.

She got angry and scoffed at me for my concerns. Told me if my son were to get on drugs and begin wearing rice bags in a bra, his mental health issues would be over.

Said my husband and I were our son’s problem
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22 Mar 19
Thread: A selection of images of a book distributed to all Grade 7 classrooms in Nova Scotia, Canada.

These students are 11-12 years old.

Transphobia: deal with it and become a gender transcender by j wallace skelton (2016)

1/8
Opening page introduces the concept of transphobia and the following scenario is used as an example of transphobia.

In large, bold, coloured print, a student tells the coach a boy shouldn’t be on the girls’ track team because he is “bigger, stronger, and faster”.
This is from a scenario given as a quiz to help readers see if they can recognize transphobia in action.

Students quickly learn it is highly undesirable to be known as a lesbian.
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31 Jul 18
Looking back over my son’s high school experience and how it contributed to him thinking he is a girl. How could staff have helped him maintain a grip on reality? Here’s what I would have said to them, had I not been written off as an abusive parent: (1/8)
To the GSA leader: This is not about you! This is not about you being cool and popular. Teach history of gay rights, show films like “Gender Troubles: The Butches”. Build community where kids talk about real fears and challenges. (2/8)
To the Biology teacher: You represent reality. Talk about puberty. Talk about the physical and mental changes kids experience and the wrench that can throw into their idyllic childhood lives. Normalize the awkwardness and the angst. Show them WHY they struggle right now. (3/8)
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30 Jul 18
Teachers have students with terrible problems. No idea how to help. Kids who trans are “easy” tho. Just follow the accepted plan.

Change a bathroom, say the right names and pronouns, have a guest speaker at an assembly, fly the flag.

Child = popular now.
But, child = mascot
Sure, everyone seems to enjoy their company. That’s because they all feel good to have a trans friend and show they’re doing the right thing.

The friendships aren’t real for most. They’re based on helping that child become a stereotype.
The trans kids doesn’t want to admit unhappiness, esp not after everyone has bent over backwards to make them comfortable.

Now they have a role to play. Expert in all things trans, making decisions with the principal on how school should handle future trans kids.
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