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I agree that it’s not controversial that Trans community has higher MH / suicide rate. But why is it higher, and more specifically, would it be lower if it was less vilified by some areas?I do not agree with everything that Eaglelord just wrote, or how he phrased things, but broadly he said that kids should receive age appropriate education (you and he clearly differ on the appropriate age, but that is semantics); that mental health issues/suicide is higher in the trans community (uncontroversial) and that once adults, people should be free to live how they like.
As to @Eaglelord17 ’s point about waiting until later, sorry for using religion as such a low hanging fruit but if we can tell a child (I went to Catholic school until high school) that there’s one supreme being who’s son was born of a virgin birth but has a “biological” dad, but that son is also that supreme being, but there’s also another, more theoretical supreme being, and they’re all somehow the same but we speak of them as three different things…I was taught that at Kindergarten but still managed to keep it straight in my head. And when kids ask “how does that work” the answer is “…because.”
How is “Bobby’s dad now wants to be his mom” or “Jenny wants to be James” more confusing than that?
Anyways, I’m sure I’ve seen it discussed before (probably here) but the trans debate is pretty much the Gay/Lesbian/Bi debate of the 1990s. In about 20-30 years people will look back and say “Why the F were we so bent out of shape over this?” Fittingly, I was catching up on AppleTV’s For All Mankind Season 3 (amazing show btw) and they just got to the part where in the fictional timeline, the US military had to bring up Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. It took me a beat to say “why would the US military care if someone was gay….oh right.”