Pediatric Healthcare Needs of Trans Children and Youth
The needs of transgender youth are often lumped together with the needs of lesbian and gay youth, but their journey begins much younger. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s gender identity is stable by age four. By age eight, many children can articulate that their assigned sex at birth does not match their internal gender identity. For youth who grow up without having their gender identity affirmed, the rates of depression, suicide, substance abuse and high risk sexual behavior are triple that of their supported gender non-conforming peers. With healthcare and other service providers assisting families in a proactive and affirming approach to a child’s gender identity, these negative outcomes can be avoided. This workshop will address common issues relevant to children prior to and during the initial onset of puberty, including facilitating a social transition, the pros and cons of a GID diagnosis, and puberty blockers.