California now offers a transgender day camp for kids as young as four years old through twelve. This Rainbow day camp has been growing since its founding three years ago, according to the Associated Press.
The pre-schoolers and elementary school kids who attend the “Rainbow Day Camp” begin each morning by choosing which pronoun they want to use for the day, according to the AP. Campers can choose, “he”, “she”, a combo of “he/she”, “they”, or opt to write undecided or nothing at all.
The San Francisco Bay Area camp has made it its mission to cater to “gender fluid” and transgender children. Founded in 2014, the camp is currently the only one to offer a transgender program to this young of an age. The camp has about 60 attendees.
At this Rainbow Day Camp, a therapist is always on hand to talk to the children. Parents also have therapy sessions after they drop their kids off at camp. Many counselors are transgender.
"I want to show these kids what a confident, happy, successful trans person looks like," said camp director Andrew Kramer, 30, who goes by AK and came out as a transgender man at 26. "We teach them they are normal, deserving of love, and not alone." Reported by Fox News.
A family traveled from Africa to enroll their son in the camp. The 9-year-old goes by the name Nao at Rainbow but has not publicly come out as a transgender girl.
An article published by three medical experts called "Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria" calls into question some underlying assumptions on this topic.
In their article, the authors write that transgender-affirming treatments of children “may drive some children to persist in identifying as transgender when they might otherwise have, as they grow older, found their gender to be aligned with their sex.”
Experts are concerned about the possibility that “the interference with normal pubertal development will influence the gender identity of the child by reducing the prospects for developing a gender identity corresponding to his or her biological sex.”
According to this same article, it also points out that parents and guardians, not children themselves, make decisions about medical care. However, the medical treatments provided for children with apparent symptoms of gender dysphoria, which includes an affirmation of gender expression from the earliest evidence of cross-gender behaviors, may drive children to persist in identifying as transgender when they might otherwise have, as they grow older, found their gender to be aligned with their sex. Gender identity for children is elastic (that is, it can change over time) and plastic (that is, it can be shaped by forces like parental approval and social conditions).
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