Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Royal College: Trans kids don’t confuse anyone

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RADSTOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 06: A young boy plays with toys at a playgroup for pre-school aged children in Chilcompton near Radstock on January 6, 2015 in Somerset, England. Along with the health and the economy, education and childcare are to be key issues in the forthcoming election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Dr Louise Theodosiou from the Royal College of Psychiatrists responds to parents that decided to homeschool their two kids and even to chase their former school in the court of law because there was a trans kid in their younger son’s class. Theodosiou wrote a statement to Pinknews, claiming that cultures and opinions may be different, they are flexible and they change from time to time, but what never changes is seeking an answer for one simple question ‘Who am I?’. Those who can answer this question are happier than those who can’t, but still they can face pressure from society which does not allow them to be who they are and it causes struggle with a self-esteem due to inability to coincide with the expectations of others and being ashamed of their identity which cannot be fully expressed. These people are bullied, misunderstood, rejected, it causes mental health problems, but are they to blame for just being the way they are and showing it? “Identity is personal, unpredictable and vitally important. If we wish to live in a world in which everyone is accepted for who they are, it is imperative that we offer children the opportunity to express their gender and to have accessible role models of gender diversity,” the doctor concludes.

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