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I just watched the below video and wanted to know others' thoughts on it:
Heavy topic and I am shoked there are adults who force a child to transition. If a child would say they don't feel like a boy/girl, I'd talk to them about in detail and if it's severe go to see a therapist. But in these cases it's just...plain wrong.
I'm out of words.
I happen to be an older transguy and I can confirm a transition is a huge thing. I have thought about it a lot (as writing this, I have not transitioned physically yet). Forcing children to transition like this is irresponsible and it takes away validity from people who are transgender and do feel way better after transitioning (or just identifying as another gender).
The guy said he was a heavy drinker and took drugs to endure the physical pain and the condition of his psyche - that's me not too long ago. I woke up and forsworn alcohol to finally get my shit together, but I drank to endure heavy gender dysphoria which isn't any better.
Responsibility lies with the parents, the therapists (the whole healthcare system), every adult involved. Abuse is a very serious issue too and it affects the psyche in ways I can only speculate about but I can imagine it can twist a young mind extremely. Also, children tend to believe what they are told because they are children, still in development, and do not know any better (yet). We must not make the mistake of thinking "you were absued, that's why you're trans / that's why you are homosexual", etc. There are people who act a certain way (to protect their mental health) because they were abused and there are people who just are homosexual or transgender because of nature (put a bit dull).
Finally, a transition is not to be taken lightly under any circumstances. One must think about the consequences for their mental, social, physical health and many other things. All that being said it's important the video raises awareness for this problem because in all honesty, it's scary and it destroys lives.
My thoughts about it.