Transgender Children and Parents
In our experience we have talked with hundreds of thousands of Transsexuals and Transgender users either in our chat rooms or in our forums or by email. Our main mission is to prevent suicide which for us numbers 31%. Over 50% of our users from 13 and up have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday many more cut or mutilate themselves especially in their teenage years. At puberty all live through the horror of watching their bodies change into something foreign to them. The male minded (FTM) are growing breasts and starting their periods. The female minded (MTF) are getting erections, muscles and body hair along with their voice changes. To them it is a curse.that will be with them the rest of their lives. Sadly much of this could have been prevented. You see most of us knew and insisted that we were in the wrong body as our first remebered thought at the age of 4 or 5. Why were'nt we treated? In most cases our parents thought it was just a phase and didn't listen. In others parents would just force the wrong gender down their son's and daughters throats forcing them to suffer in silence. If all Transgender and Transsexual children were treated at an early age our suicide rate would be much lower.
In fairness it really wasn't until recently that younger children were treated for gender dysphoria. If your child displays cross-gender behavior we recommend that you contact a gender therapist for proper diagnosis. Only they can determine if this is a phase or not.
If you are the Parents of a Transsexual (TS) or a Transgender child we do have weekly online chat support group meetings where you can talk to others like you. It takes place every Thursday night at 8:00 PM EST. Monica will be your moderator in the parents of TG kids chat room. The rest of our site is presentley PG-13 and safe for teens. If you have any questions please contact Laura. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing deaths and self-abuse in Transgender and Transsexuals. Every day we help thousands of Tg's from 13 to 90, all with similar stories and crisis filled lives. They are lives full of pain that could have been avoided with early treatment.