Media outlets and left-wing activists are trying to build support for transgenderism by claiming that children can choose their future lifetime sex when they are just four-years-old.
The Boston Globe reported on the ideology embraced by Dr. Ariel Frey-Vogel, the director of child and adolescent services at Mass General’s Transgender Health Program. Frey-Vogel said:
What has become clear to me in this work is that what is normalized has changed for the better, such that kids at a much younger age recognize there are many ways to be and that those ways are normal. Once, a lot of people who may have been trans and not felt it was a normal thing to be suppressed it, whereas now, I think a lot of kids are coming out as trans and non-binary.
The Globe article starts with the premise that “transgender children” are at higher risk of being bullied and committing suicide:
Frey-Vogel says that the term “gender nonconforming” is falling out of fashion. “It’s seen as a more stigmatizing term, as if there’s something one should ‘conform’ to,” she says. Gender diversity is a more expansive way to describe people without referencing cultural norms.
The article breaks down “how to support transgender children” into different areas including understanding the terms, know the timelines, and “is it a phase or an identity?”
“Cisgender” is the right word, activists said, to describe normal people who accept and even celebrate their biological sex. “Transgender” is a “broader term referring to someone whose gender identity or expression is different than cultural expectations.” Frey-Vogel said:
They might go back and forth or feel a little of both — or feel something else entirely. I think that’s hard for people who haven’t experienced it. It’s one of those things where we have to listen to people and believe them, even if we don’t completely understand how they feel.
The timeline section defies science and common sense:
At around 18 months, kids can identify males or females. At around 3, they recognize their own gender. At around 4, they realize their sex assigned at birth is permanent. At around 6, “magical thinking stops — such as, ‘Maybe Santa will bring me the right body part,’” Frey-Vogel says.
“This awareness typically coincides with elementary school, which is inherently gendered,” the Globe said Frey-Vogel claims.
“There’s the boys’ bathroom and the girls’ bathroom; boys’ and girls’ birthday parties, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Everything is gendered, so you see dysphoria come out around then,” Frey-Vogel said.
Frey-Vogel promotes the Gender Unicorn website, which encourages questioning one’s biological sex and introduces sexual behavior for children.
Frey-Vogel also does not believe that transgender children are just going through a phase of normal childhood curiosity.
“The difference is, kids who are trans end up being insistent, consistent, and persistent about their gender,” Frey-Vogel said. “It’s not, ‘I wish I were a boy.’ It’s: ‘I am a boy. This is who I am.’”
Frey-Vogel supports using puberty blocking drugs:
But I would much rather see kids really early, when there’s nothing to do medically. That way, a parent and child can feel comfortable with me. We can talk about resources and giving 360-degree support without having to worry about hormones. I’d rather see people once a year as soon as it’s an issue, rather than: ‘This is an emergency, my child is starting puberty, and I need something right now.’
Frey-Vogel said families “can decide” if they let puberty take its course or “receive hormones to affirm a new gender identity, usually within a two- to three-year window.”
During that time Frey-Vogel can refer parents to therapists “who are expert in gender identity and offer support group resources for kids and adults.”
Frey-Vogel celebrates young children being allowed to live as the opposite sex.