When Kids Say They’re Trans


As of last year, about 150,000 teenagers ages 13 to 17 identified as transgender. For many young people who suffer from gender dysphoria, transitioning is the answer. But some teens say that society’s rigid definitions of gender may lead them to seek hormonal treatments prematurely. This controversial article explores the experiences of trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth. It discusses the nuances of gender affirming care, which aims to “accept and explore a child’s statements about gender identity in a compassionate manner.” And it includes the voices of detransitioners and parents who believe their children’s feelings are just a phase. There’s much to take in — including that everyone in this article is white. (55 min)


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