In April 2021 the legislature of the U.S. State of Arkansas introduced a bill that prohibited doctors from providing gender-transition treatments to people under 18 years old. The bill would make it a felony for doctors to administer puberty blockers, hormones and gender-reaffirming surgery to anyone under the age of 18. Opponents of the bill argue that it is an assault on transgender rights and that transition treatments are a private matter that should be decided between parents, their children and doctors. Supporters of the bill argue that children are too young to make the decision to receive gender transition treatment and only adults over the age of 18 should be allowed to do so.
No, no I do not. I am in full support of the trans community, but I don't think a child who hasn't fully matured should be able to make that type of decision. I'm all for people being comfortable in they're own skin, but I've heard countless stories of people de-transitioning because they made the decision so young and regretted it later in life.
the number one reason people detransition is because of social and community pushback and the second is they can't afford to continue. the vast majority of detransitioned people do not detransition because they stop being trans
No, but with the exception for non-surgical treatments. Puberty blockers should be fine, however not hormone therapy which is irreversible. They should be at least 16 and evaluated by a physician. If they aren’t diagnosed with gender dysphoria any other treatment should be halted. Young people are still mentally developing and finding their sense of self. They may be confused about their identity.
if they were to regret the change in the future they can't change back they should only get the surgery if they are sure and over 18 even then i believe that they should wait because they can't change once it's done if they regret it then they can't change it back.
Yes. Definitely. However, there should be a requirement that children have received extensive therapy before considering gender transition treatments. But, there are children who do genuinely need these treatments and waiting until age 16 or later is much too late. Trans kids know their gender from the time they are born. I did. Making them go through puberty as the wrong gender is extremely cruel.
No, and the age for allowing transitioning should start at age 25. This allows the brain to fully develop and bone mass to and density to its peak. It should require heavy psychological therapy and require a documented 2 Years living as the inner gender and require 5 signatures from doctors familiar with the individual on a regular schedule. It should be a decision one doesn't regret. They can become a health care burden by making this decision and so it shouldn't be an easy one.
Yes. Surprised I'm saying this but it comes with a catch. Science shows that the human brain is not fully mature until the age of 25. That being said, you cannot begin any of the gender transformation process unless you are the age of 25.
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