UK: We should accept trans kids for who they are – there’s nothing ‘confusing’ about that

Dr Louise Theodosiou from the Royal College of Psychiatrists responds to parents that claimed being around transgender kids would “confuse” children.

In a world of global movement and changing cultural views, a person’s self-image can vary enormously over the course of a lifetime. What doesn’t change though, is the desire to know oneself; to understand one’s identity and to be able to communicate that identity to the world.

What also remains constant is how painful it is when that cannot happen, when one is not allowed to demonstrate key aspects of one’s identity.

The news earlier this week that parents are withdrawing their children from a school that allows a child to express their gender identity is a case in point.

When a child is able to openly express their gender identity, and receive acceptance for who they are, it can be a powerfully affirming experience. But to then have that acceptance withdrawn, the impact on a child’s self-esteem could be devastating. Read more via Pink News