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L. G. (L)
Subject: 20/20 doing show on trans children, Friday 6/27 at 10 PM
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 4:26 AM ET
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See my post in CMT.  Friday June 27, 10PM PST.

If it's anything like the last one, it will be excellent.

 

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 10:16 AM ET
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NPR had a profile several weeks back on one--clueless parents get the message after a decade or so and consider treatment to delay their child's puberty.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90273278

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 6/28/2008 5:36 AM ET
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Thanks for the post, Dave.  I think it can be confusing for parents because young kids (3-5) often will claim to be the opposite gender and/or be attracted to material items that are traditionally designed for one gender or another.  At some point one would hope it would become obvious that it's not a language issue, a phase, or just behavior not connected to gender identity.  But I don't think it's always so obvious.

My son is 4.5 and calls himself a "little girl" all the time.  He also calls everyone and everything, from his Dad to a pencil, "she". He likes pink things and will often choose a pink balloon over other colors.  Is he transgendered or just the product of parents who don't enforce gender stereotypes?  I don't think he's transgendered, but honestly, I'm not sure I could tell 100% at this age and stage of his development.

 

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 1:36 PM ET
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And...I couldn't stay up to watch. GRRRRR.  One of the few times that I wish I had TiVo.

 

PM me the link to the new J pics, L!!

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:51 AM ET
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No, L., I guess at that early stage one couldn't be certain about it, as J's example indicates. Usually this is "innocent" and just a matter of course as a larval human figures out the world. (And I think about Tinky-Winky's purse--from a child's perspective, how cool is it to find something you can put stuff in! And you can put it on your arm!)

I guess I can sort of understand the parents' thinking if they assumed the child's adamant stance emerged from that phase. Kinda. Sorta. Once the kid started getting violent and shrinks were involved, though, I'd like to think I would've been prepared to think outside the box.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 5:50 PM ET
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I am so mad at myself for missing this. I had family in town for J's bday and spaced it out. I'm with Jessie on the TiVo thing

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 2:58 AM ET
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You can watch it here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utpam0IGYac It is in 5 parts there. I watched the first 3 at the library before I had to go. Hopefully I can finish it soon. Stupid dial-up. =p



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Date Posted: 7/3/2008 9:45 AM ET
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Thanks Adrienne!!

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 7:47 AM ET
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Children's National Medical Center in Washington has a Gender/Sexuality Development Program.  There's some information on their website (this topic came up and it was mentioned as a good resource).  Here's the link:

http://www.childrensnational.org/DepartmentsAndPrograms/default.aspx?Type=Program&Id=6178&Name=Gender%20and%20Sexuality%20Psychosocial%20Programs#advocacy

They have a pamphlet in pdf form.



Last Edited on: 7/6/08 7:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/6/2008 12:30 PM ET
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Great show!   We watched it with our kids.  My kids are so cool, I love them.  They were very empathic and concerned for the kids on the show.  They didn't understand what the big deal was.  Of course, we have already covered this subject and others many times before. There is hope for the future!

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 2:48 PM ET
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Too bad I missed it, I was too busy travelling to a conference in San Francisco to present some of my work.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 10:00 AM ET
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oh Adrienne, thank you for posting that link!  I'll try and watch very soon

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 12:44 AM ET
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I finished it today at the library. Such a great show. Those kids made me tear up so many times. =/ Anyone know if there are any more documentary-like movies similar to this one? Actually I think I will make a new post about that.