This narrative is blatantly untrue — and also deliberately contrived to stoke fears of trans people and build support for a growing anti-trans movement in the United States and the United Kingdom. What is true is that children grow and develop every day in thousands of ways. The idea, then, that parents and medical professionals would treat the development of all trans and gender-nonconforming children from ages 2 to 18 exactly the same way betrays the absurdity of the critique from the outset. Children who express a gender different from the gender assigned to them at birth do so in persistent and consistent ways over many months and years. And being supporting does not mean taking your preschooler in for surgery: No young child is receiving medical intervention of any kind before puberty and no one is receiving surgery until the age of 18 except in some limited circumstances, where chest surgery might be available around age What children are supposed to receive is a loving and affirming caretaker who can reflect back to them that they are beautiful and loved, no matter what.
By Mara Siegler. Tom Petty made a political statement at the first of his two sold-out shows at Forest Hills Stadium on Wednesday night — the same day President Donald Trump controversially banned transgender soldiers from serving in the military. The shot has been included in the tour for weeks, but took on new significance for audience members in light of recent events.