Since the discomfort with one’s sexual identity from birth is classified as an illness, wouldn’t encouraging those affected to seek treatment make more sense than expecting those not affected to adapt to the demands of the affected?
Not only at our neighborhood public high school are preferred gender pronouns a part of the curriculum in a course needed to graduate, students were pulled out of class to listen to a lecture on this topic. I’m giving application to another district some serious thought.
If it is a mental illness, what other mental health condition are those not affected expected to adapt? Would students be pulled out of class, for instance, to be told they not only need to look at untreated schizophrenia as an alternative reality, but to learn the names and languages of the schizophrenic’s voices and converse with them along with the schizophrenic?
Of course not. But teens are pulled out of class & instructed in class in new terminology like zee and zir and asked to refer to a male student named John as she/her/Mary?!
Why not do both? I do not think it’s an either or proposition.
Adults bend reality to mentally healthy children all of the time. My son thought he was buzzlight year for 6 months to the point that he wanted people to call him buzz. And guess what people did when he told them to call him buzz? They called him buzz.
No adult said “oh you aren’t really buzz lightyear”.
I do not see the harm is calling people what they prefer, if asked. If Richard wants to be called “Dick”, then who am I to say otherwise?
Not all individuals who do not conform with their birth gender suffer from Gender Dysphoria.
And, similar to the time when homosexuality was designated as a mental illness, many of the cases are considered to be the result of society’s rejecting response to these individuals, not conflict within the person.
I have np with that but there is a percentage that not only want to call the kid buzz but would also advocate to inject him with hormones if they existed a way to keep to him that way. Kids are kids I wanted to be a dinosaur until I was 5 I am happy my parents didn’t try to encourage the transformation.