Do you know the gender or the assigned sex of this child? Is there a difference in those?
Years ago I thought babies were born male or female. I’ve learned over my life time that this is not the case. A group called, “Gender Infinity” is doing an excellence job of educating therapists and parents about what gender really means. I visited one of their conferences this week and am overflowing with information.
Gender Diverse children can also be referred to as gender non-conforming. Gender non-conforming children are gifted with an innocence in their processing; to them they can only be who they sense they are. Some feel they are internally different then the external picture, expressing a cross-gender identity. Can it be that simple? It is when we, as their support system, confirm with actions of rejection or acceptance that they connect the meaning of right or wrong. We create the environment for them to explore life in.
It is common for transgender children to come out as Lesbian, gay, or bisexual first trying to find the fit that they need. Many times feeling that the hair and clothes change is good but not enough. Hormone blockers are sometime used in pre-puberty to allow the child time to process what gender they are and avoid some possible future surgeries. Most people at this point just loss their breathe; it is ok!
These are REVERSIBLE. It simply pauses the onset.
I have worked with children for years now and knowing that they have the possibility to be comfortable in their own skin from the beginning is incredible!
As I learn, I will pass on the information! If you have time, look up the Group Gender Infinity~They are crazy wonderful! I’m here to help if you need more information.
We stand in the moment of our potential to move forward and ability to understand~
Melinda C. Porter