Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson discusses transgender issues and how to talk with your child about gender identity.
Statistics and risks
- Transgender population is hard to define, may be less than 1 percent of teens
- All gender non-conforming children at increased risk for bullying, anxiety, depression & suicide
- 71 percent of transgender people said they hid their gender or gender transition to try to avoid discrimination
2014 Williams Institute study on transgender Issues
- 41 percent of transgender people attempt suicide
- 57 percent report family choosing to not speak to them
- Nearly 55 percent report being bullied and harassed
- Nearly 70 percent experienced homelessness
What Communities and parents can do and teach
- KNOW: If your teen has identified as a different gender since early childhood, less likely they will change their mind.
- When your child discloses his or her identity to you, respond in an affirming, supportive way.
- Accept and love your child as they are. They will need your support and validation to develop into healthy teens and adults.
- Stand up for your child when he or she is mistreated.
- Be on the lookout for signs of anxiety, insecurity, depression, and low self-esteem.
- Connect your child with LGBTQ organizations, resources, and events. It is important for them to know they are not alone and a part of an accepting community
Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic
- Provides care, puberty blockers, hormones, support, counseling to youth ages eight to 21 years
Offers services to youth:
- gender does not match their sex at birth
- do not identify with traditional definitions of male or female
- Provide coordinated, evidence-based care in a supportive environment
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