Thank you so much for writing this, Jennifer Eash! I especially appreciate the points you were able to incorporate/expand on, from your own personal experiences. This part above that I highlighted? I know it to be true via my own personal experiences. As I’ve mentioned before (probably countless times — lol), C didn’t socially transition until 5th grade, and it was all the years prior to transitioning where they were bullied/mocked/teased/harassed — by both girls and boys.
When they socially transitioned four years ago, not only did it relieve their gender dysphoria, but also, the girls stopped harassing C altogether and they all became sweet little “mother hens” — loving and protective. It was the sweetest thing to see. That remains true today. I wish I could say the bullying and harassment stops altogether — it doesn’t — but trans kids who are allowed to socially transition seem to have a much better time learning to deal with them in a more authentic way.
I appreciate this point above so much… I don’t think it can be stressed enough how important it is to let kids express rather than teach them to suppress.
Thank you for your fierce Mama Bear voice 💙💗🤍💗💙