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Post Reply Is it a good idea for parent to give sex change operations to children experiencing Gender Dysphoria?
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Posted 4/25/16 , edited 4/25/16
For a major surgery a child should wait until they're a legal adult. A child could probably start the process of transitioning, though (councelling, lifestyle, nonpermanent treatments, etc.).
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Posted 4/25/16 , edited 4/25/16
An important thing is that the person doing the operation is properly certified and trained to do so. I don't care how necessary or legal the procedure is, you don't want an amateur with a bunch of steak knives doing it.
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Posted 4/25/16 , edited 4/25/16
Definitely not. Now I'm saying that because a child's body isn't developed enough to be allowed to undergo such a procedure. The risks of something going wrong are higher and before surgery, the person should figure out if they really want to transition. That's why HRT (hormone replacement therapy) should come first.
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23 / M / England
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Posted 4/25/16 , edited 4/25/16
No. For the same reason I wouldn't let a child get a tattoo, piercing, circumcision, or any other permanent body change.
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24 / M / Fraxinus
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It depends entirely on a case by case basis, in my opinion. Any younger than twelve or thirteen, or whenever the hell puberty starts, and I'll always give an outright no. Not to say that I think twelve is an age where kids will always know exactly what they want, but at least they're getting there. There's little denying that children can be easily impressionable, especially in this day and age, where we're teaching kids to be tolerant of each and every walk of life. If a parent were to teach their child about everything lgbt+, and tell them that they'd love them whatever their lifestyle choice, it's not entirely implausible that a child would take that as a hint, become more confused and not know what the hell they want to be, than if they were just left alone to figure things out for themselves. I'd say it could be a double-edged sword, at times.

I'd say that's really my only real issue. I don't doubt that a child of only twelve will be able to make such an important, well-informed decision, in some cases, but obviously in that respect, the older the better. At the same time, though, I do think the younger the better, since they can start transitioning just as puberty starts fucking with them, and they'll become more accustomed to their identity from starting out younger.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 15 days ago
Kids are still trying to figure themselves out. I hate it when parents make the decisions for them.
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28 / F / Canada
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/27/17
well it really depends on the situation. i grew up as kind of a tom boy, but i never felt i was a boy, my parents didn't care i chose to wear boys clothes and play with boy toys [that sounds wrong] if my kid came up to me and said something like 'i feel i was born the wrong gender' i would be fine with calling them by their preferred name and gender, but if they wanted to go for the full gender reassignment surgery, there would be some factors. one, was this out of the blue, like they walk up and go 'i'm really a girl and i want surgery to make me a girl' when there was zero hinting at it before, i would say no. if after a year my 5 year old wants to become a physical boy, i would talk to professionals and get more information, but i would feel it's more what they want over a phase or cry for attention. if the kid is in their teens, has been speaking to professionals about it, and has been raised identifying as the other gender and they wanted the surgery, i would say yes [again, check with a doctor about earliest the surgery can be done safely and stuff] if it's a little little kid, i'm not about to discourage my child for feeling this way, but i'm not signing them up for something either, anytime before puberty i don't think you should do the surgery, but i'm not well educated in the subject, maybe it's fine, as far as i'm aware you need to be over a certain age.

this all said, sorry if i offended anyone, my knowledge on transgendered issues are second hand from my trans friends, i personally don't care if your cis or trans my stance has always been so long as you aren't kicking puppies you do you.
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/27/17
No.
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Parents should really have no say in this. It's up to the child to wait until they're legally adults, then make decisions for themselves. Before that point, their bodies and minds really aren't grown enough to make such a permanent decision.

Some people want to accomplish certain things before transitioning as well. I have a trans friend who wants to have children first. That wouldn't have been possible if they decided to change as a teenager. If you change your reproductive organs, there's no turning around.
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31 / M / Modesto, CA
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Posted 10/27/17 , edited 10/27/17
American Pediatricians Association deems encouraging transgenderism as child abuse.
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Posted 10/28/17 , edited 15 days ago
kids show grow up before they think they are a gender due to brainwashing or it's legit. they should make better choices when they reach teenage to adult and it should all be on the kid not the parent. not to mention, be prepared there is reverse sex change operations, which happen often as well.
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28 / M / Houston
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Posted 10/29/17 , edited 10/29/17
First off their body hasn't changed yet do to being a "child", so really hard to say if truly suffering from such an issue before puberty. Sex hormones alter mental processing. So it would be rather rash and ignorant move to do something so drastic early on.
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19 / M / Valhalla
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Posted 10/29/17 , edited 10/29/17
The results of the poll give me hope that all is not lost
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No is my answer, as to me the final decision should be once the child reaches eighteen and is more educated to be aware of the what he or she is doing before pursuing the procedure.
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28 / M / New Jersey
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Posted 14 days ago , edited 14 days ago
I don't think parents should ever perform surgery on their child. Medical experience or not.
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