Two children in Berkeley California, once brother and sister, are now sister and brother. Sara Kaplan and her husband, Ben are just fine with their children, ages 7 and 11, transitioning.
The eldest, now known as James, began taking hormone blockers, which prevented him from going through puberty, getting his period, and growing breasts. Testosterone injections are forthcoming.
“I was nervous to tell my parents, but when I did, they said they accepted me. I was happy because I know a lot of trans kids don’t have that, and that’s sad.”-James Kaplan, age 11
I don’t know about you, but I never knew a single trans kid growing up. Not one. I knew “tom boys,” and I knew a few boys that liked to play Barbies with me, but that’s about it.
The school system is getting them young these days: drag queen hour at the local library, teaching sexual positions and masturbation techniques to children as young as five years old, teaching LGBTQ history, and exposing young minds to exciting new ideas that they probably would not even imagine until they were out of high school otherwise.
In the days of “everyone gets a trophy,” Instagram models and Snapchat, one can’t help but think this is a social epidemic. Kids want to feel special, to get attention, to be unique. Trans is now the “cool thing to do.” Parents want to feel special too….
What’s not realized by the parents of these children who are undergoing life changing hormone treatments, injections and socialization, is that some things are not reversible.
Consider the effects of hormone therapy as a second puberty, and puberty … you must assume that you will become permanently and irreversibly sterile.– https://transcare.ucsf.edu
A lot changes from the time you are a child to adulthood. Those horomones kick in, and all of a sudden you’re “into boys” or “into girls” when you didn’t really give it a second thought before. Sometimes you experiment with the same sex, sometimes you don’t, but ultimately it is at adulthood where you may finally know what you’re all about, what your likes and dislikes are, and “what you want to be when you grow up.”
Sterile. For life. This will never change. They cannot go back on this decision or change their minds. Many people think late into their 20s they “never want kids.” Some things change over time, and this is a big one. To tell these people after their parents decide to let them go through with these horomone treatments, that “well, you can just adopt,” is unacceptable.
We will soon have an entire generation of children unable to have children. Regret is something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
You need to be 18 years old for the following:
When you are 18 you are allowed to:
- Sue or be sued
- Open a bank account in your own name
- Perform professionally abroad
- Serve on a jury
- Get a tattoo
- Buy cigarettes and tobacco
- Buy and drink alcohol in a bar
- See a Rated R film at the cinema
- Buy fireworks
- Pawn items in a pawn shop
- Leave home
- Marry or register a civil partnership
- Make a Will
- Stand for election as a member of parliament
- Carry an organ donor card
- You cannot be made a ward of the court
- Own land, buy a house or flat & apply for a mortgage
- If you are adopted, you can apply to see a copy of your original birth certificate
- Ride a motorbike above 125cc with a licence
You can’t make many life decisions until age 18. You can however change your gender, your legal name, dress and act like the opposite sex, and take horomones that will forever render you sterile, at age 3, 4, 5, 6….
This is child abuse. Change my mind.