On March 31st — International Transgender Day Of Visibility — Washington University in St. Louis hosted an event called “Advocacy & Allyship: Supporting Transgender Youth.”
Here’s how it was advertised online:
Adolescence is a tender time full of profound self-discovery. Coming into your own is complicated enough. Many transgender youth face extra challenges posed by the attitudes/ideologies of peers and adults, the practices and policies of the institutions in which they engage, and political efforts to strip away rights with abhorrent anti-trans legislation. …
[J]oin us for a conversation about the needs and experiences of transgender youth. Information will be shared and ideas will be suggested for how each of us can take steps to create a more caring and inclusive society.
The program was moderated by Kelly Storck, author of Gender Identity Workbook for Kids.
Per her book’s webpage, it was “written for all the amazing gender-diverse children who are exploring, expressing or experiencing a gender differently than expected based on their assigned sex.”
Its “37 simple, fun activities” will help children, among other things, “understand their unique gender.”
As reported by Campus Reform, at the event, Kelly condemned deprivation:
“There are systemic efforts underway across our country right now to deprive trans youth of their rights and ability to compete in sports, to access medical and mental health care, and to fully and authentically participate in their schools and communities.”
Purportedly referencing Texas Gov. Greg Abbots’s order to label sex-change operations and hormone therapy for youngsters as “child abuse,” Kelly commented thusly:
“Some of these laws threaten the families and medical providers who care for trans kids with child abuse charges which would result in caregivers potentially losing custody of their children, and medical providers losing their licenses.”
Among the panelists — all of whose preferred pronouns were listed — was Jess Jones (they/them), of Jess Jones Education & Consulting.
Jess — a self-described “white, queer, non-binary, neurodivergent, transgender human” — suggested teachers make known their social politics on the job:
“Have, like, a Pride flag in your classroom, or any folks could add their pronoun to their email signature, or wear, like, a little pin that has your pronoun.”
One guest was a child named Myles, who recounted an early revelation:
“When I was around two years old, I just told my mom straight up, ‘I don’t feel like a girl.’ And obviously, I didn’t. I didn’t know what trans was then. It’s kind of the same feeling that’s stayed.”
Such made sense to Jess, who asserted that small children — deemed “littles” — begin developing their gender identity “around the age of two.”
Therefore, kids should be allowed to “just explore,” “play with boys toys, or girls toys, and just…do what they’re gonna do.” In the process, they might discover they’re cisgender, transgender, or nonbinary.
More from Campus Reform:
Jones additionally proposed creating policy based on young people’s “ability to define for themselves who they are,” stating that adults need to listen to students because children “know what feels good to them.”
Championing “what feels good” to children seems of particular note amid a national debate over sexual grooming.
The potential implications — which I won’t detail here — are obvious.
Regarding exploration: As I’ve suggested before, those leading the transgender charge are no longer addressing crises of identity.
The culture is being reconstructed. From pronouns to paperwork, we’re transforming into a much more complex society.
Throughout history, people have had a race, a sex, and a name. Contemporarily, we’re being told to pick a card — one that will designate us in an all-new way. We’re being informed we should take on extra layers of identity.
Back to Kelly’s book, one online review comes from a 14-year-old named Trinity:
“I really liked all of this book. However, my favorite part was seeing all the trans people throughout history that have helped us progress. I really loved that many of them looked like me, a black trans girl, and gave me more hope and confidence that I, too, can make history and the world an even better place.”
Kelly told the crowd we mustn’t assume to have walked in others’ shoes:
“The hardships of a trans and non-binary experience are even more sobering for transgender individuals of color. We tried really hard, and we have a bunch of really lovely people. But I want to acknowledge that despite our efforts, we do not have the perspective of a black or indigenous trans person today.”
Surely that’s in store for next year’s Supporting Transgender Youth day.
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