Forget orange; many children now believe that being transgender “is the new black.” That’s according to Australian child psychologist, Stephen Stathis, who runs a gender clinic.
Learning the roles between boys and girls can be confusing and scary to a child, and in today’s society, cause them to wonder about their sexuality. Stathis says most kids just want to stand out, are mistaking their sexuality questions for gender questions, or perhaps were sexually abused.
"In their view, if they were only a male they wouldn't have been sexually abused and they would have been protected," he told the Brisbane Times.
On the other end, many parents become concerned after their kids don’t stick with gender norms. Their little girl won’t stop playing with “boy” toys and their boys want to dress up like princesses all the time, for example. This is not gender dysphoria.
He says most kids who aren’t truly transgender grow out of it:
“You might get a six or seven-year-old girl wanting to dress as a boy. She may even say she wants to be a boy. When she hits puberty, she says ‘No, I’m just a girl who likes to do boy things.’”
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