One thing that annoys me with the sort of surgery-first framing is that when we're talking about gender confirming treatments for youth, we're talking about two things: Puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy.
But for those who are still uninformed: The entire point of puberty blockers is to give a child more time to decide what they wish to do.

That is to say: If your concern is with young people thinking they are transgender then regretting it... THEY WOULD HELP.
I have to explain it repeatedly, but there is NO NULL CHOICE. Not doing anything results in people going through puberty. HRT results in going through, well, a different puberty.
The hope is that if a child thinks they are transgender and then goes through puberty, they will realize that they were wrong all along. People will point at some scanty desistance data to push this. BUT. Even if that WERE true, it would still HARM TRANS PEOPLE.
You are going to have some number of people who regret transitioning and some number of people who regret not transitioning. Right now, guess which fucking side has more?
It is imply seen as better to inflict harm on trans people if it might, possibly, somehow, somewhere, save a cis person. If I can go off the rails somewhat, my problem with a lot of the Just Asking Questions reporting is that it fails entirely to consider this.
I feel like there is an unspoken belief among a lot of people that trans people, all trans people, in general, are basically... just doing it because they feel like it? Like, it's a lifestyle or costume. You don't need to tell me you're not in this group. It's fine.
But I feel like this underscores a lot of conversion rhetoric, because you can always talk someone out of something they are choosing to do and so much discourse and reporting hits me like this. I might just be paranoid, idk.
I'm not a huge fan of 'validity' in the way a lot of people talk about it, but if it means anything to me, it's that the things that you experience and feel throughout your life are true. True in the sense that you sincerely believe or feel them.
What that means in a broader cultural context is another discussion. But it DOES mean that things like gender dysphoria are real. They are actually things people experience. There's this hope that if you just make being trans shitty enough, trans people will go away.
But the other thing I say all the time is that if conversion therapy worked, there would be no trans people because our culture would've already beaten it out of us through literally decades of punishment for stepping out of gender lines.
What scares me isn't that the Arkansas legislature are monsters. They aren't. Nor is Jesse Singal, etc. or a lot of concern trolls and transphobes. It's that they mean well and are willing to harm any number of people for our own good.
Some of them are straight up malicious, yes, but even I don't think that Arkansas politicians are sitting there going, "Muahaha, we're going to kill so many kids". I mean maybe, idk, it is the GOP after all. Rather they straight up don't believe trans people exist.
That's how a lot of the most rabid TERFs justify it all: Trans people don't exist. Instead, all you have are some weird perverts doing this for fun(????) and if they just stayed quiet about it they could do it in their own bedrooms.
But trust me if that were the case no one would fight this hard! It's exhausting and depressing to constantly hear this sort of shit from all sides and I would really rather not bother at all.

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