The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy statement about how to support children and teens who identify as transgender or who fall under an umbrella they call “gender diverse.”
Gender diverse children are those whose appearances, behaviors, or identities don’t match the sex they were assigned at birth. Besides trans kids, this also includes children who see themselves as non-binary, genderfluid, or who are experimenting with ways of expressing themselves for any reason.
In the statement, which is addressed to pediatric providers, the authors point out that trans and gender diverse kids face an uphill battle, not just for acceptance from their family and community, but also just to access appropriate health care and mental health care. The average transgender child realizes they identify as a different gender around age eight and a half, but doesn’t tell anybody until they’re 18.
There are a lot of anti-transgender people who arrogantly claim, “There are only two genders – IT’S JUST SCIENCE!” It’s like nails on a chalkboard, isn’t it? But, these erroneous claims make it all the more important that medical professionals have their voices heard.