Because GM won’t publish the sensible replies from me, here’s what I posted in reply.
My advice to the parents would be to love your child regardless, my advice to their child would be research, research, research. If you head down the path of transition, make very sure ths it’s the right path for you. If you’re not 100% certain then don’t do anything, research more to find who you are. As someone who is trans, it’s not something I’d wish on anyone, it’s a lonely road full of hazards along the way, and very little option to turn away from if its the wrong road for you.
Request for advice and guidance from a concerned parent:
Our almost 21 year child just announced yesterday her/hir intent to start taking T and said that she was considering top surgery eventually as well but “that’s all”. Ze has been wearing men’s clothes for a couple of years now, hates having a period, and appears very butch. Seems most interested in/connected with other butch/lesbian individuals. We have tried to understand and have asked if hir intent is to transition to a male, but she claims not; stating that she’s just tired of being seen as a female, despite the butch clothes etc but does not want to be a “full male”..more like androgynous or “non-binary”.
It’s a long story, like many, but it started when she went to college and found her “place/home” in the LGBTQ community, and then changed her major to “Gender & Women’s Studies”. We are so…
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