What does it mean to be Transgender

"Transgender" is not rocket science. The concept is actually quite simple: we are all assigned a sex or gender at birth, usually when a doctor or parent looks at our genitals and declares us "boy" or "girl." As we grow and our bodies, minds, and personalities develop, we may identify in ways that do not match our assigned sex. This has always been seen in the world as a strange thing or something negative. That affects lives of people who have felt this way. Multiple studies have shown that stigma and discrimination, bullying, harassment -- and not anything inherent in gender transition -- cause the major mental health problems for transgender people. There is an important global moment approaching when this view of transgender people as mentally disordered could become a thing of the past. But there is also a risk that the interests of younger children could be lost in the process. Young kids who are exploring their gender identity need the personal and social space to do it, as well as support and information to become comfortable expressing that identity.They also need to learn how to handle other people's reactions. Some of these pre-pubescent children may also need access to health services. They may be depressed or anxious. Being transgender has never been truly accepted and that poses barriers for the children who are finding out who they are. We can help so let's find ways how. What do you think may be some ways?

Information based on a report from Coalition for LGBT as suggested by Human Rights Watch with Opinions from Raymond Iglesias, Youth Organizer, from Kids Meeting Kids.

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