I am very interested in this issue, both as a former child who strongly identified as a boy when I was young, and as a parent of a 3-year-old who insists they are the opposite sex.
Query if you or any other Blenders are at all concerned at the potential of this diagnosis to be used as an “end run” of sorts around homosexuality. So, for example, instead of being gay, a child could be steered into a trans diagnosis. (I am not suggesting that is the case in this instance).
This is a sincere question, and one I haven’t seen honestly addressed (because of the sensitivity of this, but I honestly don’t think we can make progress without addressing these questions).
Gays and lesbians in particular have very good reason to be skeptical of medical diagnoses that touch on our sexuality (hello, reparative therapy!).
Insert Bill Hicks bit from Rant in E Minor here about kids being adopted by christian parents – only substitute the phrase “transphobic lesbian” for the word “christian.”