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Should puberty in children be delayed in preparation for gender reassignment?
Puberty should not be delayed in preparation for gender reassignment.
All children and adolescents go through a process of identity development that includes confusion and experimentation. Delaying puberty may extend this period of confusion by keeping an individual in a state of developmental childhood.
While gender itself is considered to be a
, gender identity development includes social as well as biological factors that may change with maturation.
People who realize they are transgender should not be compelled to wait, but should be allowed to undergo the puberty they have realized is right for them.
Interfering with puberty through medical intervention means that puberty is being treated as a disorder.
Choosing to transition should be a decision made when the individual is able to give meaningful consent.
A child has a right to choose what gender they present as. If anything, all childrens' puberty should be delayed until they are capable of making an informed decision as an adult.
There are multiple sources that all show that there are no negative permanent effects of delaying puberty.
Delaying the decision through puberty blocking allows the individual the final say over what happens to their own body.
The decision to transition is closely tied to a deep sense of self and children are able to make that decision before they reach the age of majority.
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