kids/young teens can dress and act and go out in public how they and their family choose. there's no law against a boy dressing as a girl and vise versa. a young person might recognize from an early age that they desire a sex change - the way most gay/queer people realize their own orientation long before coming out - but I don't see how you can ethically perform the operation on someone who isn't even 18 yet. certain aspects of sex reassignment are obviously irreversible and you gotta' be extremely sure that this is what you need.
there are also plenty of 'trans' people who live their life as the opposite gender but elected to keep their natural genitals. they simply don't want to mess with their ability to achieve natural orgasm. it's a very complex decision and cannot be made by an immature mind.
I also think that it still has to be an elective surgery / process.
health care should be about the essential things that all of us require to stay alive and healthy. we don't need to subsidize the fraction of the population who wants this. unless we somehow reach the point that all other diseases and cancers have been cured, we don't need to add sexual reassignment to the standard health insurance package.
Seems like our opinions are very much the same on the subject. I was watching a documentary about transgender kids and I found it hard to watch, I can't lie. For example, a 10 year old was given drugs to stop him going through puberty. It's sad that kids don't feel comfortable, but I just can't believe that parents could make such drastic, irreversible decisions because their child is unhappy.
Another thing I'd like to know your guys opinion on, as I don't really know too much about the issue. As to the rise in people having sex changes, do you guys think it is more prevalent now because it has become a cultural identity? Because people feel more comfortable to do it? Or simply because of the improvement of medical procedures?
Do you guys think it is a purely biological issue, or is it cultural as well? For example, I knew a girl who was planning to have an operation to become a man, but her whole family was similar. Her brother had also had a sex change operation and their mother ran away when their father came out as gay. I'm just wondering, surely a situation like this arises because of the environment she grew up in? Having said that, I guess everyone has their own reasons.
I don't mean to start an argument, as like I said I don't really understand it well and I certainly have nothing against Transgender people.