Which is worse, allowing a child to transition and then having them deal with the consequences when they change their mind, or not allowing a child to transition and having them deal with the consequences of their physical development when they *don’t* change their mind? If you leave it at that, there’s probably no answer that is sufficient for all cases. But all situa…
Which is worse? For the overwhelming majority of trans people this is a painfully simple question to answer. There is a slim minority chance that having jumped through the gatekeeping hoops typically placed between you and accessing trans healthcare you will come to regret it. But the fact remains that where it isn’t a mistake, where transition IS the answer, then every second that treatment is delayed is painful and even potentially fatal.
To put the brakes on LIFE-SAVING treatment for the vast majority of trans people on the basis that a tiny minority MIGHT regret it is beyond cruel.
Take it from someone who didn’t come out until 48 years of age… I dddid my best to ‘get over it’, to ‘man up’ or whatever else. What I really could have done with was a viable access to Transition that was free of the judgement of a cisgender society, which understands less than nothing of the transgender experience.
Detransitioners should always be supported. Minors should not be allowed access to cross-sex hormontle therapy or Gender Confirmation Surgeries. And supportive therapy should accompany other treatment options to ensure underlying mental health and emotional issues are dealt with separately.
However, all of these safeguards are in no way mutually exclusive with the notion of supporting those patients who give informed consent in accessing medical transition.