Children recognize they’re ‘transgender’ by age 2: psychologist
SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A licensed psychologist, university professor and director of mental health for children says a two-year-old can discern if he or she is transgender.
Diane Ehrensaft of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) advocates for “gender fluidity.” In an interview with the Associated Press, Ehrensaft proclaimed, “We expect a two-year-old to know ‘I am boy.’ ‘I am girl.’ So why can’t that also apply to transgender children?”
Ehrensaft, the co-founder and director of mental health at UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center, teaches that parents should be comfortable supporting their child in a “gender variant journey.” She advocates “throw(ing) out the idea that gender nonconformity is a disorder” and encourages parents to enable their children to “transition” to the opposite sex.
For instance, Ehrensaft tells parents that if their son wants to wear dresses, they should buy dresses for him. She emphasizes watching the child’s gender curiosity and noting any gender frustration to determine if they are trans.
Ehrensaft coined the term “gender creative” to describe “non-binary” children, or a child who refuses to be considered a boy or a girl. To that end, she has written a pre-adolescent transgender manifesto, “The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes.”
Ehrensaft teaches pediatrics at UCSF and practices psychology at the Benioff Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic. She received a “distinguished award for scholarship“ for her book from the American Psychological Association.
Ehrensaft is a staunch supporter of California’s “Rainbow Day Camp,” where transgender children ages four and up can be affirmed in their “gender variant journey.”
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, another trans toddler activist, teaches parents to take their young one to a “Different Gender Weekend“ to determine if the child is transgender.
“Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn,” said Olson-Kennedy, who is the medical director of The Center for TransYouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
And parents across the nation are putting Ehrensaft’s and Olson-Kennedy’s child-altering ideas into practice.
Andrew and Chelsea Morrison of Texas have a son who threw temper tantrums when he put on boy clothes. He questioned his male body and played with dolls. Ultimately, the Morrisons went to a “gender fluidity” counselor, who “confirmed” that the boy is trans.
Now nine, the boy goes by the name of “Marilyn.”