So I just read this article about a 7 year old boy is transgender and wants to be a girl scout. I told my mother about this and she told me it was sad. I didn't and don't understand this. I understand why she thinks it's sad but me, myself, don't think it is. It made me wonder is it wrong to encourage your child if they choose to dress up as the opposite gender? I personally would support my child if they chose to do so but at the age this boy is, is it okay? I would love to hear what other Nerdfighters think about this.
I can see how this might seem suspect, given that the mothers are gay... But on the other hand, isn't it more likely that a gay couple would pic up on the signs and come to accept it earlier on and then decide to make this, possibly lifesaving treatment much sooner than what heterosexual parents would? This kid also got two older well adjusted brothers so her parents can't actually be accused of being man-haters.
I think it wonderful that this is possible, and I wouldn't think any less of a girl if I knew she was once a boy.
if the other child is 7, he probably has no idea about his sexual orientation. he probably has no idea what the word sexual even means! i know i didnt when i was 7.
it's likely that he is following the natural idea that young children have about wanting to be like their parents. after a while, he will probably give up on trying to be a girl and start dreaming about becoming an astronaught or a fireman or something. it's just how kid's minds work. there is nothing wrong with letting him dress up as a girl, he's just a kid! he probably has no idea about the way an adult would perceive a guy dressing as a girl. he'll just sees this as a fun, little game he can play. one that his parents wil embarrass him with in 8 years when he understands better and brings home a boy/girlfriend. whatever he picks, when he is ready.
this is not an issue anyone should be judging or considering to be sad, the child probably doesnt even realise that he was in the news!
I guess it also depends where that influence is coming. If a boys lesbian parents start telling their son that boys are gross and evil, its potentially shaping his life. Removing that from him.