ataraxia saidwhat about all the things you thought you knew about yourself as a child but turned out to be wrong? or things that changed as you matured?
6 years old is too young to comprehend sexuality, it requires a more mature mindset to fully understand, nor do they understand the repercussions. It would irresponsible of the parents to facilitate a permanent change at the request of its child.
(the article mentions artificially introducing testosterone, not sure if that's the case or if the attorney is exaggerating, but surely you would agree that is irresponsible)
I'm all for supporting the trans community, but lets not get carried away. when it involves children it changes the issue entirely.
All of the MTF transgender adults I know, particularly two good friends I've known for many years, had surgeries and took hormones as adults. But they struggled through painful childhoods, not being accepted by straight people, or gay people, and trying to be something they never wanted to be. All of them wished they could have been girls in junior high and high school. As adults, they became women, but anyone can tell they were once men. When a transgendered person changes before puberty, they get the life they want, and no one can ever tell, because they just blossom as females and it looks natural.
Moreover, I do NOT think taking children away from their parents is morally right or socially responsible. Can you even imagine being taken away from your parents because you're gay? It's outrageous. For all of the abusive parents out there, there are infinitely more who are loving, and these days some are enlightened enough to do what's best for their kids.
There's nothing wrong with being a daughter. Talk to transgendered people and you will understand that it's damaging to them to force them to repress themselves, especially as children. It can ruin their whole lives, and that's the real abuse.
You may not have known you were gay at six, but many transgendered people know immediately, their whole lives. It's deeper than who you're attracted to. It's your whole identity as someone's son or daughter.