Originally published at The New York Times
Having transitioned in 2003 and having lived a life as a gender variant person, I believe that transitioning should be the last resort for everyone, and that it shouldn’t be an option for young people until they are in their mid- to late-20s.
Transgender activists who are pushing this agenda, which is making transitioning glamorous, providing attention to parents looking for a shot at fame and giving a platform to Munchausen by proxy syndrome, are ignoring the fact that the majority of these youths will forget they ever felt they were “born in the wrong body.” What’s more, the promotion of transitioning for children is being used by the adult trans community – and many of them are my friends – as a tool for transgender social acceptance.
This is not only harming the lesbian, gay and bisexual movement by sidestepping the L.G.B. culture but it is also creating irreversible damage to the physical and mental health of our young people whose brains do not fully develop until they are at least 25 years old.