How Many Trans Kids Do You Know?
Last month, an old college friend posted the classic update on Facebook: “Our [daughter] is so brave and now wants to be known by [androgynous name]. We support them fully and their non-binary status.” The comments submitted below were all thoroughly positive and cheerful. “Way to go [androgynous name]!” “So glad to support you!”
I paused. I drank my cup of coffee. I battled with myself, and then I sent a private message to my old friend. “Hey, I saw your note about your kid. I’m sure you’ve been seeking lots of resources and info... I just wanted to draw your attention to the surveys that suggest non- binary girls have the highest rates of attempted suicide. I hope everything is okay...”
He responded privately. He implied she’d had some self-injury behaviors already. He expressed surprise that little ol’ me was up-to-date on the studies and the topic since I live in the Midwest (unlike him, in his East Coast progressive college town.)
I explained the 3/8 girls in my daughter’s class announced they were trans in the fall of 2020. 3/100th of the kids in our school’s senior class are socially transitioned. 2/4 of the 15 year-old-kids on my block have transitioned—one of them had a double mastectomy. And none of these stats include my child, who had a year of gender confusion, and is all good now, by the way.
A few months ago, my 20-something niece and I were discussing my concerns about socially transitioning kids, and she asked me accusingly: “Do you know any trans kids?” And I actually had to laugh. I know so many kids who say they are trans that I literally cannot keep track of them.
So – yeah – this gender dysphoria problem is across the nation. It’s everywhere. What are your stats? Post your kid’s classroom ratios and your state below.