One of the most important and difficult tasks that parents face is how to best support their children while also setting the kind of boundaries and structure that helps them grow up to become responsible and successful adults. Sure, children and teens love to test the boundaries that adults set for them. Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. This is certainly true of transgender and gender-expansive children and teens, for whom family support is absolutely critical. Studies show that familial rejection can:. Moreover, familial support can act as a buffer against bullying and bias outside the home. In other words, for some transgender youth, family support can be the difference between life and death. Children are not born knowing what it means to be a boy or a girl; they learn it from their parents, older children and others around them.
How can we support kids making transitions, for the healthiest outcome?
By Cheryl Radachowsky. October 13, pm Updated October 14, am. Men are stronger than women. Boys are faster than girls. Study after study has reaffirmed this basic fact about what it means to be human. Most recently, Swedish scientists followed 11 biological men whose testosterone was dramatically decreased due to cross-sex hormone treatments over a year. You can Google that yourself. My daughter, Alanna, now a sophomore, is a rising star in our home state of Connecticut. As a freshman, she led her high-school team to its third straight team championship in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference by winning the meter, meter and meter in one of the most dominant individual performances in meet history.
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Transgender youth are children or adolescents who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. Because transgender youth are usually dependent on their parents for care, shelter, financial support, and other needs, and because most doctors are reluctant to provide medical treatments to them, transgender youth face different challenges compared to adults. Transgender issues manifest at different times in life in different individuals.
Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury high school, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton high school, and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury high school, are represented by the conservative not-for-profit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing trans athletes to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field. The lawsuit centers on two trans sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competitors. I participate in athletics just like my peers to excel, find community, and meaning in my life. It is both unfair and painful that my victories have to be attacked and my hard work ignored. I hope they can be celebrated when they succeed not demonized.